Alcohol at the Prom: Do You Support Zero-Tolerance Enforcement?

A bus driver who transported 35 student leaders from Dixon to a prom found a bottle containing alcohol on the bus, prompting the kids to be banned from the dance. If that happened at your high school, would you support the school administration?

There's a wild story developing up in Dixon, one that you'll probably hear and see on radio and TV news in the coming days (although our Patch buddy Carlos Villatoro is all over it already). You might be interested here in Suisun City because we're heading into prom season at our high schools.

Thirty-five students from Dixon High's leadership class were banned from their junior prom when someone allegedly left a bottle of vitamin water containing alcohol on the bus that took them to the dance.

The students — some of whom had participated in an last week warning them of about the dangers of drinking and driving — were stuck outside the venue when they were blocked from attending the event they had planned. The students said they were bitter about the way that the school's administration handled the situation, partly because the school had not provided a Breathalyzer test that was mentioned in a contract students and parents signed.

The contract states: "Students suspected of being under the influence will be subject to evaluation by DHS Administration and/or local law enforcement, including a Breathalyzer exam. The students who are under the influence will have their parents contacted for pick-up."

Students planned to protest on campus Monday by wearing their prom outfits to school and using social media to share their angst.

If such a thing happened here, how would parents react? How would students react? How would school district officials react? Vote in our poll and share your comments below.

Nina Stuart April 30, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I just graduated from Armijo High in 2007. Although I do support the "no tolerance for alcohol" policy, I think that banning all 35 students was a bit excessive. I think that they should have had police officer(s) to a breathalyzer on all students that were in that bus, and then not allow those students who had any amount of an alcohol level in to prom.
David Ryan April 30, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I think that's a good point of view. We don't want to teach kids that adults make things unfair.


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