Students at Foxboro High School in Massachusetts will soon face the possibility of taking a breathalyzer test during school and at after school events. The program is starting in hopes of detouring students from drinking.
CNN reported that students that are suspected of drinking alcohol would be subject to a breathalyzer test. Those students testing higher than .02 would be suspended for 5 days. So far it seems like the program is getting support from both parents and students.
Overall I would be supportive of a program like this. It sounds like a good idea and may work out really well. My question is simply: How does the school plan to enforce this new policy?
Sure I wish it was just as simple as seeing a student glassy eyed, slurring his/her speech, and then having that student take a breathalyzer. That would be ideal, but this is 2009 and any time students are subjected to test that some would see as intrusive, there is always the chance of someone suing the school for harassment. I hope the school is taking proper precautions by giving training and procedure instructions that assure the selection of students and administration of the test is done in a consistent, fair, and respectful manner.