The Portsmouth school committee has approved a policy that allows "officials" (whatever that means) to administer blood alcohol tests to students at random who attend school dances or other related activities.
Here's an idea. Why not administer breathalyzer tests to "officials", teachers, and other adults supervising these activities? Once school lets out, "officials" and teachers have plenty of time to go home and have a few cold ones before they head back to the dance to monitor student's behavior.
We're raising a generation of people who are guilty of everything until proven innocent. Besides, if a student and their date had a couple of cocktails before the dance, wouldn't it be better for them to be inside dancing than outside on the roads driving around with a buzz on?
These tests will be administered randomly. That's just brilliant. What if one student has had a few shots of vodka, doesn't appear to be loaded , and isn't randomly selected for the blood alcohol test while another student who's never had liquor touch his or her lips has to blow into a breathalyzer?
Were the school committee's brains floating aimlessly in mid-air when they came up with this ridiculous policy? Why aren't they given breathalyzer tests before they meet? Why aren't teachers given blood alcohol tests before they're allowed into the school to teach? Ever hear of an eye opener? You have a quick one first thing in the morning to greet the day.
When my friends and I drank beer or wine in high school, the one activity we avoided was the school dance. Not because we were cross eyed but because there were more interesting things to do. Like being in somebody's basement with our girlfriends, drinking Mad Dog 20-20, and making out. Besides, if we did show up at the dance, wouldn't it be obvious we'd been drinking? Swaying sideways, goofing off, and talking too loud in the lineup to get in would certainly raise the suspicions of any chaperone, unless that adult was high as well.
The bottom line is this: If you're going to test students for drinking, then test teachers, chaperones, and school committee members and if that sounds too invasive and embarrassing, how do you think students feel?