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Season 16, Episode 3 Larry v. Lockney

First Aired: July 1, 2003

“Larry v. Lockney” follows the progress of West Texas farmer Larry Tannahill's lawsuit against the school board of his home town, Lockney, Texas., for instituting mandatory drug testing in its junior and senior high schools. Texas filmmakers Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck interview a number of Lockney residents---students included---all of whom support the policy. But Tannahill nonetheless refused to allow his 12-year-old son, Brady, to be tested, then approached the ACLU when school authorities treated Brady as though he had failed the test. “I want to see a drug policy,” the unassuming Tannahill says simply. “But I want to see people's rights protected.”

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  • Premiered: July 5, 1988
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: This acclaimed, long-running documentary series is a showcase for independent films on a wide variety of subjects, from the heartwarming (`Sweet Old Song,' about a 91-year-old musician) to the whimsical (`The Sweetest Sound,' a study of names) to the contr… (more)

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