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Chesterton HS to administer Breathalyzer tests at prom

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Before dancing the night away in Chesterton High School's cafeteria, the school's principal says each student attending prom on May 4 will have to take a Breathalyzer test.

"I do think good idea," says senior Billy Atherton. "I don't think kids should come to prom drunk. It's not only a danger to themselves, but other drivers on the road and other people at the prom."

"I feel like it might be over stepping some boundaries in a sense because not everyone drinks so why punished everyone for it?" senior Aaron Coen says.

Chesterton's Principal, Jim Goetz, says it's all about keeping the kids and community safe. He proposed the idea after six students showed up to the school's homecoming dance last December intoxicated.

"We had one that was pretty intoxicated that we had to call 911 for," Goetz explains.

As a result, a Valentine's Day dance was canceled this year.

The Duneland school board in northwest Indiana Wednesday evening unanimously recommended that Goetz move forward with this pilot program to test blood alcohol levels at school dances.

"We will set up few lines where we we're going to borrow some Breathalyzers from the police department," Goetz says. "We will purchase the tubes that go on and we will breathalyze the kids before they come in."

There was some concern that the parent chaperones may not administer the Breathalyzers properly. Police officers will also be in hand to conduct a second test if a student tests positive.

"Whether the police charge them with anything or release them to their parents, that's going to be a decision the police," the principal adds.

The Breathalyzer tests have not yet been adopted as a school-wide police yet, but if the testing is successful on prom night, school official says they're hoping they will be able to implement these alcohol tests at all school dances in the future.

A handful of high school across the nation have mandatory Breathalyzer tests before school sponsored events. Students at Chesterton High will be e-mailed, called, and told about the testing on their prom tickets.

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