“I’ve been unable to obtain … all of the (drug test) results, and the specific results and the levels which I tested,” he said. “The doctor from there said I tested at a very low level, she also confirmed you can get a false positive from the oil depending on how your body metabolizes it.”
His attorney, Julie Oinonen, said she filed the lawsuit seeking an emergency hearing because the district is being unfair during its hearing.
“Clayton County Schools is violating the constitutional civil rights of my client by depriving him lawfully subpoenaed drug screening results,” she said. They claim he is being terminated as a result of failing a drug test. This is wrong. They cannot do this to educators in Clayton County.”
Pat Sebo-Hand, a Jonesboro City Councilwoman and former Clayton County Public Schools employee, said not allowing Blackwood access to his test results denies him the chance to properly represent himself.
“It’s very unfortunate that someone with the tenure Mr. Blackwood has of 30-plus years the district … is now finding himself in a situation whereby he is being blatantly discriminated against in regards to his constitutional rights to defend himself,” she said. “We’re here to make certain his constitutional rights are given to him.”