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Should High School Students Be Tested for Alcohol?
No matter what rules or disciplinary measures are in place, some high school students drink alcohol. But what about randomly testing students for alcohol? Would that help curb underage drinking? That's what St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights is implementing this fall.
So how do you stop underage drinking?
"I think it should start with parents because they live in that home and raised in that environment, but if the parents don't do anything, then the school should take it in their responsibility," Emily Caparelli, a high school sophomore said.
That's what St. Viator, a private high school in the Chicago area, will be doing this school year, when they randomly test students for alcohol.
"I think it's kind of a good policy because just to be safe," Caparelli said. "But, I don't think a lot of people would like being tested."
When asked if SHG in Springfield would possibly implement something similar in the future, Sr. Katherine O'Connor, the SHG President, provided us with a statement:
"If a student is on school grounds or attending a school event and a teacher, coach, or supervisor observes behavior or physical evidence that suggests that the student has consumed an illegal substance, parents will be called. The student will be asked to undergo a breath test for alcohol or urinalysis/blood work for other substances."
We asked what you think of randomly testing students for alcohol on our Facebook page.
Joshua said: "I think its a great idea. They should also drug test them. School is not a place for alcohol or drugs in my opinion."
Twyla said: "No, it's not their place."
Zainab said: "Why is it the school's responsibility to take care of this stuff?"
Sharon said: "Sad that we even have to think of this. Random testing might keep kids sober at school though."
Valerie Arnold is a former high school teacher who supports the policy. She says underage drinking continues to get worse.
"In my day, it was a total no no," Arnold said. "Now, it's almost expected."
Under the testing at St. Viator High School, student's hair follicles will show how much alcohol has been consumed in the last three months. The school says minimum levels won't be recognized by the test and positive tests could result in disciplinary action.