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High Schools Use Breathalyzers at Prom

Thursday, April 12th, 2012


A growing number of high schools across the country are implementing Breathalyzer policies at school dances.

At Cedarburg High School in Wisconsin, students who show up to prom on April 20 will be randomly selected to take a Breathalyzer test before they can get in.  At the nearby Germantown High School, students must draw from a bag of poker chips; those who draw a marked chip must take a Breathalyzer.  If a student is found to have alcohol on their breath, he or she could face expulsion.

Germantown Principal Joel Ferren says the policy works well as a deterrent.  In 2005-2006, 17 students at the school were expelled for showing up drunk to school-sponsored events.  However, since the Breathalyzer policy has been in place, nobody has been caught with alcohol on his or her breath at an event.

Critics, including some parents, see the policy as an invasion of privacy.  Schools expect students to behave as adults, opponents argue, but this is a case in which they are not treated as such.

Do you think Breathalyzer tests at school dances are a good idea?

Source: CNNBeen Drinking? Forget Prom

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