Friday, April 22, 2005

Breathalyzer Tests: Entry "Fee" For High School Dances

A high school in Boston, Westwood High, is now doing alcohol breathalyzer tests before students enter school dances and other events. They have experienced drinking problems such as quarrels, dramas, and alcohol poisoning problems and some students have even been taken to the hospital. Some students feel that it is a violation of privacy to be tested at the door, while others feel that it would be better to test the kids before they leave to drive home. Another idea was to only test the kids who show signs of drinking such as slurred speech, or chewing gum to hide the odor. Is drinking becoming more of a problem in high schools? What are your thoughts on the breathalyzer tests? Is it a violation of privacy to test students or is it just a way to protect the school and the students?

7 comments:

Chase Graham said...

I think that it is okay to test students going to high school dances. High school students shouldn't be drinking anyways. The dance is on school property so the school has the right to test students. It also makes the dance safer because you won't have drunk students causing trouble. When alcohol becomes involved people don't use good judgement. The school's are just looking out for the students safety.

TAdkins said...

I know that my high school had problems with drinking before dances. I think it is smart to do the breathalyzer, but I know my school could not do this to everyone because it did cross some line of privacy. Also, they couldn't just pick people out either because it might be prejudice; they had to have a systematic, random way to test. This made it too difficult and so they forgot about the idea unless they could smell it on you or could obviously tell then they would just kick you out. Since most people walked to our dances, it wasn’t a problem, but I can’t even imagine someone getting kicked out and driving. I think breathalyzers are an act of safety, not a way to take away the privacy of the students.

Doug Orr said...

If the kids are cuasing trouble at the dances then I don't think there should be a problem with testing before the dance. If the school was just testing because they thought it would be a good idea then I can see there being some contraversy, especially if there hasn't really been a problem, however if there has consistantly been a problem with drinking before dances then I not only think that a breathalyzer test is acceptable, I would encourage some sort of test to keep drunk students from the dance. This would cut down on injuries and other such issues.

Daisy Zhang said...

I think it is ok for high school. Though, I have no idea about American's high school, I think some are very similar with my country. So, I think sometimes needs some rules to product students. High school students should not drinking, I think it is a way to control this, nut it is just good for students safety.

debbie brown said...

I think that this is a great idea (since I am no longer in high school) and should be put into effect. Most high school students are irresponsible and most try to see how much they can get away with. I've been to bars that test underage teens to see if they've been drinking before they enter; if they've been drinking they are not allowed in. This is mainly done as a responsibility precaution and the schools should have every right to protect themselves against this kind of act.

sikora said...

in my highschool there were cops there to give tests on students who were under drunk. i feel that since all high school students are under age this is a great thing. students need to be responsible and not drink at their dance.

Morgan K. said...

I think that the brethalizers should be given to those students who appear intoxicated. However, testing everyone would be time consuming and detour some students from attending. Noone likes to feel like their privacy is being invaded.