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Northern NJ Parents File Lawsuit Over Plans For Random School Drug Testing

Lawsuit Filed Over Open Records Request
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DEMAREST, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A lawsuit has been filed against the Northern Valley Regional Board of Education as the school board mulls whether to allow random drug testing of students.

As WCBS 880′s Levon Putney reported, a lot of parents of students in Northern Valley Regional schools do not like the idea of random drug testing for different reasons.

“Some of it deals with the civil rights of the students, some of it deal with intrusiveness,” parents’ attorney Bruce Rosen told Putney.

Rosen filed suit on behalf of the parents, claiming the school board has not complied with an open records request for all documents the district had related to the issue.

“They made a deal with us that they would provide the information within about 20 days and then they didn’t really provide the information,” Rosen said. “All sorts of documents that they have referred to at their various meetings as existing and they did not produce.”

District superintendent Dr. Charles Nagy said the school board has been open with parents.

“Our board attorney has provided over 3,000 pages of documents in response to the open request,” Nagy said Putney. “Our board attorney will vigorously defend this lawsuit, given that we have truly complied with the open request.”

Rosen said those 3,000 pages were missing key documents, so they’ve sued to get all the details.

A court hearing is scheduled for later this month.

The district board plans to decide on random drug testing in January.

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