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Breathalyzer test for prom

Students at an eastern Ontario high school will have to pass a test to attend prom this year, and it’s got nothing to do with academics.

North Dundas District High School has adopted a zero-tolerance policy on prom-goers drinking alcohol this year, and is taking new measures to enforce the rules.

The Winchester, Ont. high school plans to give every student attending this year’s prom a breathalyzer test at the door. Anyone caught with alcohol on their breath will be sent home.

The high school’s principal, Brenda Beaudette, said the breathalyzers will let students attend prom without worrying they’ll be pressured to drink.

But students are split about how effective the new measures will be.

“Kids can handle themselves, they don’t need people breathalyzing them,” said student Zack Cronin.

“When every single person’s being breathalyzed, it just makes a way bigger deal out of the whole situation,” said Nick Fleury.

Haley Geertsma, a student on the prom committee, said the main concern is safety. “You don’t want anyone going home and getting hurt or anything,” she said.

“We just want everyone to have a good time.”

Students at the high school already faced spot breathalyzer checks at a dance earlier this year. Twelve students were caught with alcohol on their breath and immediately sent home.

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