My Kid Is Drug-Free
Mandatory drug tests.
The next day, Tannahill's employer at the Floyd County Farm and Ranch Supply
told him he had missed too much work and his services were no longer needed.
His boss, Lindan Morris, told reporters that his firing was unrelated to the
controversy, but Morris later told a Texas newspaper, The Plainview Daily
Herald, that some customers had stopped coming in because they didn't want
to see Tannahill.
Tannahill has also lost some friends and even received threats. Last March,
his dog, a boxer, was sprayed orange with a paint gun. A note left at his home
said, "Next time it won't be your dog."
Many Lockney residents seem to see the father as a lone dissenter and
obstructionist who's getting in the way of a much-needed program. "It is
very easy to sit back smugly and say that good parents would know if their
child was using drugs," says Lisa Mosley, a former school board member and
now an art teacher at Lockney High School. "But even good kids in good
homes become addicted."
Warren Mathis, a Lockney resident for 58 years, says Tannahill has forgotten
that other parents in the community also have rights. "People here don't
think much of Tannahill now," Mathis says.
The reaction of his neighbors has been tough on Tannahill, who didn't plan
on getting himself labeled the town rebel and has never been involved in
politics. Rather, Tannahill sees himself simply: He's a father who had always
spent a lot of time with his son, ever since the days when Brady was a toddler
and Larry would bring him along while he worked the fields at his father's
farm. He feels as though he knows his son almost as well as he knows himself.
"A lot of folks in our family say that Brady was potty trained on a
tractor," says Tannahill. "He's always been the most important thing in
Now he shakes his head over the uproar and his new role challenging
authority. "I was born and raised in this town, and I am surprised at the
reaction I have received," says Tannahill. "There are people here that
support me, but they see what I've been through now and don't want to speak
out. I just cannot believe that people are willing to sit back and let the
school system raise their kids and take their constitutional rights away. I
won't do that and I don't care how many people around here disagree with