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Drugtesting students in Lincoln County

To Morning Edition, National Public Radio

12/10/99

The Salina, Texas, school board claims it is honoring students' First Amendment rights by allowing them to pray (Christian prayers) over the public address system at football games, as reported on NPR on Friday, 12/10/99.

The board's professed respect for high school students' freedom of speech stands in contrast to the widespread practice of censorship of student newspapers -- and the growing practice of drug-testing student athletes. Apparently students' civil rights depend more on local politics and culture than on an enlightened appreciation of the Bill of Rights.