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Linn State Technical College

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Questioning whether a student who is taking a course like drafting is really a danger to others, a federal judge has blocked most mandatory drug testing at Linn State Technical College.

The school instituted the testing in the fall of 2011, saying that its students are training for fields in which they will operate heavy machinery and will be in positions where impairment by drugs could pose significant threats to public safety.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 28, 2011 - For the lawyer pressing a lawsuit against mandatory drug testing of students at Linn State Technical College, a ruling this week by a federal judge in Missouri is part of a one-two punch.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey extended until Nov. 8 her earlier temporary restraining order blocking the drug tests that the college in central Missouri had instituted, scheduled to begin this fall for incoming students.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 17, 2011 - Before this school year began, Linn State Technical College didn't have a drug-testing program or a chapter of the organization Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

Now it has both, though a lawsuit prompted a federal judge to suspend the testing, at least temporarily. The student chapter began after the school in central Missouri announced it would become the first college in the nation to test all incoming students for drugs, in what it called an effort to prepare them for a world of work where such tests are common.