Grafton High School Principal James Pignatoro is considering mandatory Breathalyzer tests at school dances, according to this story in the T&G (I’m glad someone can attend School Committee — I was running around between Planning Board and the Grafton Farmers Market Monday night).
There are now 43 schools in Massachusetts that use an alcohol breath test at many school functions. Of that number, 31 test when they are suspicious of a specific student. Twelve schools test everyone who attends a school function.
Mr. Pignataro’s recommendation is that Grafton tests all students who want to attend homecoming, semi-formal and junior/senior prom.
There have apparently been “several alcohol-related problems” at dances. The stringer reports the School Committee appeared to be in favor of the suggestion.
I could potificate here, but instead I’m going to fondly remember the time when my editor allowed me to buy a great deal of beer and wine, which I then served to a selected group of co-workers and their friends in the presence of two State Troopers, who periodically administered Breathalyzer tests throughout the night. I didn’t drink — I was not only reporting, I was the designated driver — but watching one of the ad reps proceed to hit on a bemused Trooper as she became more and more intoxicated was totally worth it.
The point of the story? It only took a couple beers or two glasses of wine to get over the legal limit, and most of the adults in the room not only believed they weren’t intoxicated (despite failing field sobriety tests as well) but admitted they had driven in similar states.
Thoughts on alcohol tests at dances?
Edited to add this video, which was not shot in Grafton: