Chesterton High School considers Breathalyzer tests at prom

2013-03-17T23:00:00Z 2013-03-18T12:34:04Z Chesterton High School considers Breathalyzer tests at promHeather Augustyn Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 17, 2013 11:00 pm  • 

CHESTERTON | Chesterton school officials are considering a plan to require students attending prom and senior banquet to take a Breathalyzer test.

Chesterton High School Principal James Goetz discussed a plan at Thursday's Duneland School Board meeting.

“We have an issue and we’re looking for possible solutions," he said.

"Unfortunately, sometimes some of our students make some bad decisions -- and that not only puts them at risk -- but puts others at risk and we’re looking at ways to curtail this,” Goetz said, noting recent incidents.

“We’re mulling the idea of breathalyzing our kids when they come to events and we have two more this year including prom and senior banquet," he said. "We’ve talked to police departments and we can get the machines lent to us for the evening and we would be training our chaperons to administer the Breathalyzer.”

Goetz said the use of Breathalyzers in this matter would be legal and was used at schools like Lake Central. He said it would be an alternative to canceling the events altogether.

If a student tested positive, police onsite would handle further processing, he said, and if students bring alcohol into the event, the Breathalyzers could be administered again.

The board agreed to take the request under advisement.

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