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 in Novato, 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 Novato 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.

Maria Pia April 30, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Susan Wreden April 30, 2012 at 07:07 PM
If they administered a breathalyzer test to show which students had been drinking, the students who registered an alcohol level should be banned. There is no proof that the other students knew anyone was drinking, or that the bottle was brought onto the bus by that group. I do not think teens should drink, but the punishment was overkill. What happened to "Innocent until proven guilty?"
Steph May 01, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Hey stupids! Read the contract carefully you signed a paper saying if under suspicion you can be denied entry doesn't say they have to perform a breathalyzer test!
Ian Arnold May 01, 2012 at 07:48 AM
Just to be clear, based on the information released to the public so far, a limo driver claimed an empty water bottle smelled like alcohol. Nobody (so far) has tested the bottle. (FWIW, the limo company overbooked, and ditched the kids after charging them $2,100, then went off and picked up their next fare.) The principal heard about the limo driver's ALLEGATION, and punished the entire group, refusing them entry to the prom and leaving them wandering Sacramento for 4 hours. No parents were called. As far as Steph's comment: The contract says if there's suspicion, the kid submits to a breathalyzer. The administrator didn't bother to bring one and couldn't be bothered to arrange for one. As a parent (none of my kids were at the prom) I agree we need to teach kids responsibility, but we also need to teach them that it's important to own up to mistakes. The principal and the board need to make a public apology and should look at reimbursing the kids for the costs. The limo company should also publicly apologize, fire the driver and reimburse the $2,100.


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