[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1995, Book I)]
[June 26, 1995]
[Page 952]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

Statement on the Supreme Court Decision on the Student Athlete
Drug Testing Case
June 26, 1995

    Today's decision by the Supreme Court in the Vernonia School 
District v. Acton case sends exactly the right message to parents and 
students: drug use will not be tolerated in our schools. The decision 
reinforces the point that young people should not use drugs.
    I applaud the decision of the Supreme Court which upholds the right 
of the Vernonia (Oregon) School District to conduct random drug testing 
of school athletes as one effort by local school authorities to reduce 
drug use among students.
    The Solicitor General argued strongly in support of the school 
district's position. My administration's support for the right of school 
officials to properly test their high school athletes is part of our 
overall strategy to make schools places where young people can be safe 
and drug-free. I believe that to be a good student or a good athlete a 
student cannot use drugs. Drug use at schools will not and should not be