Smyrna District Supervisor needs to step down and the board needs address this issue NOW ! re: all students subjected to breathalyzer at proms and homecoming!

Homecoming breathalyzers irk Smyrna parents , The News Journal

Tina Vass couldn’t believe it when her son told her a breathalyzer test was being administered to every student walking into the Smyrna High School homecoming dance.

Like many parents, it was the first she had heard of the practice of giving mandatory breathalyzer tests before homecoming festivities and prom.

“I didn’t know about it until after the fact,” said Vass, who has lived in Smyrna for 10 years. “It’s not the fact that they did it that makes me angry. It’s the fact that they didn’t notify the parents.”

Even the police can’t give a mandatory breathalyzers ! Sure the drive can refuse and suffer legal consequences.  However, the police must have some sense of probable cause.

Smyrna School Superintendent Deborah Wicks defended the right for the district to continue the long-standing practice that was started in 1994 in response to a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) initiative, saying it continues to be a way to keep the students safe.

“We believe it has saved lives,” said Wicks, who has been in the district since the tests were started. “It’s been a good practice, and we’ll continue to do it for the public good.”

So no matter how parents feel about it Wicks will continue on !

Wicks acknowledged the complaints from the parents who didn’t know about the practice. She said the district could certainly do a better job of getting the word out that a breathalyzer will be given before any student is admitted to homecoming and prom festivities.

What a dip-shit ! WTF ?????? Before any student is admitted to homecoming and prom festivities ???????????????????? Even if they don’t drive or have a car and if their parents brought them?????????? 

The superintendent said the district is looking into different ways to alert parents. Among those are printing an alert on the tickets themselves, putting a notice on the discipline contract each student must sign at the beginning of the school year and printing a notice in the Messenger newsletter that is distributed three times a year.

“We can certainly do a better job of letting parents know and we will look into that in the future,” she said.

Well somebody has to be held accountable !!!!! Either Wicks or the district PIO! And being minors parents should have a right to know! What happens if the student test positive? Call the police or parents ???

Hey Wicks do you have random drug and alcohol testing for teachers and staff?  

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13 responses to “Smyrna District Supervisor needs to step down and the board needs address this issue NOW ! re: all students subjected to breathalyzer at proms and homecoming!

  1. I graduated from Smyrna in 1997. This is really not an issue. The police are required to follow certain laws and regulations. By purchasing a ticket to what amounts to a private event you are agreeing to be bound by the rules of said event. All they “need” to do is stipulate it on the event flyers, but I don’t remember this ever being an issue before. Except when they run out of the devices before everyone is in.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      “All they “need” to do is stipulate it on the event flyers”

      and that is acceptable, What pisses me off is , the super playing stupid

      ” She said the district could certainly do a better job of getting the word out ”

      She is the district and perhaps the PIO failed! The simple thing to do was to say, we error in communication and will make it a policy to communicate better with parents. The way it sounds is there is no written policy and procedure.

      “Wicks acknowledged the complaints from the parents who didn’t know about the practice.”

      Big difference between practice and policy!

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    • She doesn’t need to step down because a vocal group of parents were unaware of a decades old practice/policy. If anything, she should be applauded for continuing a practice that keeps our kids safe.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      “because a vocal group of parents were unaware of a decades old practice/policy”

      Decades ago these parents of k-12 students didn’t have children in school. BUT I’ll meet you half way! If this information in is the Student Handbook then parents should be aware! A good parent would read the their chiild’s hand book.

      “If anything, she should be applauded for continuing a practice that keeps our kids safe.”

      Safe from what??? She used: “Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) initiative, saying it continues to be a way to keep the students safe.”

      MADD’s main focus is keeping drunks off the road! What about kids parents drop off to these events ? And those who didn’t drive to the event! The bottom-line is, we want these kinds of events to be enjoyable and free from disruption whereas alcohol is a fuel to negative behavior. Also, kids aren’t stupid (well for the most part) an will wait until after these events to party. Is there a policy that if a student decides to leave these events within an hour of arriving they must call their parents? Does the school check the student cars in the parking lot? To me, super is drawing for straws to explain how “her” communication policy needs an adjustments whereas parents in the hospital now giving birth to future high school student have no clue of such IMPORTANT policy. Testing “all” students is more about covering her ass legally whereas, she is not profiling ! She blamed the “district”. “She said the district could certainly do a better job of getting the word out ” Could have said, “we the district” to take some level of responsibility no using other people as political human shields. All in all perhaps it a blessing it came out this way whereas, it can be applied statewide if “legal”. Do the law allow this? No you know me , I’am going digging for information and hopeful.

      The issue is important enough to debate!

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    • You’re drawing a lot of conclusions here, Kilroy. Maybe it was students who initiated the policy. Maybe the article only reported sound bites of what the super said in the interview. Why assume the negative? And why is this a bad thing anyway? Having been a high school teacher and a formal dance chaperone, most seniors don’t have mommy and daddy bring them to the prom. This is a good practice regardless.

      Are you aware of anything that, in the early 90s, might have occurred in the district to prompt a policy like this? My memory doesn’t extend that far, though I was an SHS student at the time. Maybe a group of kids leaving prom were killed in a car crash and the policy was created in memory of them. Who knows? But you’re going overboard in calling for the resignation of a good superintendent who has continued a tradition of keeping kids safe.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      Jax it the big picture its a good thing! AND perhaps my rants and struggles with this will at least push to see better ongoing communication / notification. But again is goes beyond just drinking and driving and extends into negative behaviors that spoils good thing for all students. Those sound bites are a window! Being this hit mainstream media (well NJ no quite so),a good leader would put a message on the district webpage reinforcing the policy and commit to improving ongoing communication. That’s not an admission of guilt but rather , yea we need to understand what is perceived as common knowledge may not be as every “year” we get a batch of freshman and freshman parents! And others in and out through the four years! But there is an underlying debate on broad use of Breathalyzer.

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  2. Josiah Andrews-Law

    If you have nothing to hide, then why would you even care? This isn’t a violation of anyone’s rights. This is a school district being responsible. My nephew went to a homecoming in Brandywine School district and he said about a dozen kids showed up drunk and none of the adult even noticed.

    Seriously, when did our society become such a bunch of fucking pansy ass pussies??? Like I said, if you have nothing to hide, simply blow into the machine and have a safe good time. End of story.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      “Smyrna School Superintendent Deborah Wicks defended the right for the district to continue the long-standing practice that was started in 1994 in response to a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) initiative, saying it continues to be a way to keep the students safe.”

      So using MADD is just a front whereas the goal is to ensure all student are sober as not ruin the event for others! Super needs to be honest!

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  3. A minor child CANNOT sign a contract therefore cannot provide consent. These Children who simply wanted to attend a school function had there rights impinged and didn’t even care. Just as you cannot legally be pulled over without probable cause there was no probable cause to administer breathalyzer upon ENTRY to the dance. I could see LICENSED drivers leaving the dance, keys in hand, VOLUNTARILY taking a breathalyzer but you cannot be forced into taking one. School functions are governed by the code of conduct and any change or addition to that code for any particular event needs to be in writting and provided to the ADULTS whom send their children to school. Our rights as parents were waylaid by Ms Wicks. This “long standing procedure” is just verbal fodder for “we’ve gotten away with it for this long – stop bitching”.
    Even if you have “nothing to hid” it is no reason why you should willingly give up your rights. And a Minor child cannot consent – this is why I still have to sign permission slips, code of conduct forms, emergency contact information etc. If my child could consent to any kind of contract given by the school my signature as a parent would not be needed.

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  4. A minor child CANNOT sign a contract therefore cannot provide consent. These Children who simply wanted to attend a school function had there rights impinged and didn’t even care. Just as you cannot legally be pulled over without probable cause there was no probable cause to administer breathalyzer upon ENTRY to the dance. I could see LICENSED drivers leaving the dance, keys in hand, VOLUNTARILY taking a breathalyzer but you cannot be forced into taking one. School functions are governed by the code of conduct and any change or addition to that code for any particular event needs to be in writing and provided to the ADULTS whom send their children to school. Our rights as parents were waylaid by Ms Wicks. This “long standing procedure” is just verbal fodder for “we’ve gotten away with it for this long – stop bitching”.
    Even if you have “nothing to hid” it is no reason why you should willingly give up your rights. And a Minor child cannot consent – this is why I still have to sign permission slips, code of conduct forms, emergency contact information etc. If my child could consent to any kind of contract given by the school my signature as a parent would not be needed.

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  6. Oh gawwddd. You must be such a blast to hang out with. So weird how people can see the same situation so differently. I loved that my kid had to take a breathalizer when going to his dance. It never dawned on me to worry about his rights. I was just happy he couldn’t drink before going to the dance.

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  7. Kilroy, you think someone should be let go over this? Ever hear that saying ‘would you rather be right or happy”. Seriously, almost every school does this. Do you know how many lives may have potentially been saved? I can’t even believe you did a post about this. No bigger fish to fry?

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