Montclair High School is pulling out the big guns against drinking at the prom. In an email blast sent out from the Principal’s office, the school has announced that a Breathalyzer will be used at Prom if if they have reasonable suspicion to believe someone is under the influence of alcohol:
During the 2009-2010 school year, the Montclair High School staff collaborated on the various strategies to keep students safe and secure at the Junior and Senior Proms. We are excited to announce that we will have a Breathalyzer present to use only if we have reasonable suspicion to believe someone is under the influence of alcohol.
The Breathalyzer will discourage alcohol use and keep students safe as they travel to and from prom. It’s also a great tool to confirm alcohol use in the absence of physical proof and requires no mouthpiece. If we believe a student to be under the influence of alcohol, we can simply wave the “Breathalyzer Wand” in the area of the student or the student can blow into the wand being held 6 inches to a foot away. The instrument gives a reading of “High”, “Low”, “Zero”.
We have tested the Breathalyzer Wand with alcohol based mouthwash and hand sanitizer. It seems to be very accurate in reading alcohol content in mouthwash “Low” and reading alcohol content in hand sanitizer as “Zero”. I have listed below the reasons we might use a Breathalyzer:
- Physical evidence: alcohol, alcohol bottles, alcohol on clothing, alcohol bottles found in limousines
- Appearing intoxicated: stumbling, slurred speech, red eyes, abnormal behavior
- Alcohol smell: breath, clothes, personal items
Although we have this new technology at our disposal, we will continue to follow the district and school code of conduct regarding the influence of alcohol. If you have questions, please contact my office at (973) 509-4069.
Last year five Montclair teens were busted with pot brownies going to junior prom. Two years ago, seven Montclair teens were caught with liquor bottles.
The truth is, to many teens, drinking (and sometimes drugs) and prom go together. You don’t even want to know what my classmates did on our prom night in 1991.
Do you applaud MHS’s efforts to stop drinking with the Breathalyzer or do you think it’s useless?