Homecoming breathalyzers irk Smyrna parents Jerry Smith , 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.