Maxman Posted October 4, 2007 Share Posted October 4, 2007 I wonder why they needed this....lol: by Kristen Alloway Wednesday October 03, 2007, 5:58 PM In a move that bolsters its already stiff stance on drug and alcohol testing, the Pequannock Board of Education has approved a policy to administer random Breathalyzer tests to high school students attending district-sponsored events. The new policy comes in response to incidents of students showing up drunk to school dances and other functions. Two years ago, Pequannock became the first district in New Jersey to randomly test middle schoolers for drug use. And earlier this year, the Morris County district began using an 80-hour alcohol test, which can detect whether students have been drinking up to three days prior. Pequannock joins several districts across the state using alcohol breath tests at school functions. North Hunterdon High School tested students at a dance earlier this year after an incident at its senior prom in 2006. ''It's pretty well understood the drug of choice in Pequannock is alcohol," said Board of Education President Megan Hollberg. "This adds another level of deterrent...Our biggest concern is drinking and driving. We want to protect ourselves and them from getting hurt." The board of education recently reviewed its alcohol-testing policy and decided this week to change it, after there were a few incidents last year with students arriving drunk at school functions or drinking during them, Hollberg said. Read more in Thursday's Star-Ledger. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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