Parents … Looking at the calendar yesterday I quickly realized that there is like three months of school left and that means a lot of things are about to happen, Graduation for some and of course PROM. That means it time to start looking for the perfect dress for the ladies, the cool tux for the fella’s and A controversial new plan is taking place to make sure kids are sober and safe at school dances.
From now on, School Officials at the Salem-Keizer School District will administer breathalyzer tests to students at random events like prom and homecoming. The school says the tests will be done in private and the student will have two chances to pass. If they don’t pass, they will not be allowed to enter the dance. In addition, the student’s parent or guardian will be called to pick them up and a school resource officer will be notified, meaning the student will face some type of discipline.
One parent says the new policy violates the kids’ fourth amendment rights that protect against unreasonable search and seizure. The school says dances are optional, so the breathalyzers don’t violate student’s rights. Instead, they believe the policy will cut back on the number of students who drink before dances and encourage positive decision-making.