ACLU objects to school’s plan to test every student for alcohol at prom

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 16:23 EDT
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington said a high school’s plan to test everyone at this year’s prom for alcohol sounded like a “blanket search,” which courts have ruled against.

The Seattle Times reported that every student at Lake Washington High School’s June 4 senior prom would be tested for alcohol consumption. The principle of the school said there have been problems with alcohol use at every dance this year.

“Our view is that public schools shouldn’t be searching or testing their students without any indication or suspicion that a student is doing something wrong,” ACLU spokesman Doug Honig said.

“A blanket policy that treats every student as a suspect is not a good civics lesson in our society.”

Honig said that he was not sure if the ACLU would get involved.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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