A high school in Northwest Indiana is considering brethalyzing its students at senior banquets and Prom to curb underage drinking.
"Unfortunately, sometimes some of our students make some bad decisions -- and that not only puts them at risk -- but puts others at risk and we’re looking at ways to curtail this,” said Chesterton High School Principal James Goetz.
Goetz said police would train chaperones to administer the tests.
Dunno, mixed feelings. There is that whole constitutional "unreasonable search and seizure" issue, but schools and their students are not "government" and "citizens" in microcosm. Schools are structured learning environments in which there are sensible efforts to maintain that structure that wouldn't be acceptable in the larger society. And though I'm a long way from high school, I well remember the attitude of the adults in that environment. "Guilty until proven innocent" was pretty much what every teenager expects.
But my sense of fairness and justice based on everything this country stands for says that unless there is a "reasonable suspicion" I'm not playing by the rules, I get left alone. Draw a line with the law and punish me if I cross it. Don't bust my chops if you think I might cross it.
One jurisdiction in Indiana wants to step boldly into the pre-emptive-strike arena: