Poll: Should Middle School Students Have To Take An Alcohol Breath Test To Enter A Dance?

Several high schools in the area including Stonington High School use alcohol breath tests before school dances. Do you think that is a policy that should also be in place at the middle schools? Take our poll and tell us what you think in the comments.


The at the seventh- and eighth-grade middle school dance on Friday, April 20 raises questions about how Stonington Public Schools admit students to school dances.

Middle school students reported seeing a drunk, sick student in the bathroom and later in the office with a police officer and other adults. The said there was no indication of intoxication or alcohol at the school dance and Stonington Public Schools officials reported, “that there were no drug and/or alcohol related issues at the dance.”

While what did or did not happen isn’t clear, some community members are asking if the Stonington Public School system should rethink the way it admits students to dances.

Several high school schools in the area including use alcohol breath tests before school dances. Do you think middle school students should have to take such a test to enter a school dance?

Take our poll and tell us what you think in the comments.

KT April 25, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Any parent to fails to believe that 8th grade students are drinking, smoking pot and yes, having sex needs to get their head out of the sand... it is happening. It's too bad that there are so many "not my child" parents out there. Half the issue is the parents who are too naive to see what is happening.
ElleT April 25, 2012 at 03:36 PM
No- they should not have to endure a breathalyzer! They are in middle school. The high schoolers shouldn't have to take one either. If an adult is checking the students in at the door, they should be able to judge whether the students are capable of attending the dance. If the adults aren't responsible enough, or capable to make that distinction, that is a problem. Isn't that why dances have chaperones after all? When we were younger, the kids who wanted to "get into trouble" avoided the dances, and the places where there was going to be adult supervision. Quite frankly, I expect the teachers/chaperones/whomever is in charge at these events to be capable of handing the responsibility of watching the kids, handling any conflicts/problems that arise and, if necessary, remove children who cause problems at these after hours events. If you do not trust the chaperones (or your children, or the other children present), don't allow your children to attend. It's really that simple.
Nathan McKay April 25, 2012 at 03:37 PM
This sounds like an inner-city thing.
Alzira Pereira April 25, 2012 at 04:36 PM
This one is tricky and I usually say no not middle school but now I am really wondering. My son went to the dance and he came home saying that all that people were talking about were that it smelled like "weed" and that one girl had a bottle of something in her dress. Now what is true and or not I don't know. It's funny how he told me that and then I ended up on Facebook reading the posts of other mom's that said basically the same thing and also that there was lots of making out or face smacking or whatever it was called. Really hope all this isn't happening but as much as I would want to believe not I know kids these days are in such a way to grow up and not be a child. Just a sad situation.
Janice Meagher April 25, 2012 at 04:50 PM
As a former chaperone of some of the dances at PMS, I can tell you that the students are told to keep a minimum distance apart (8" is the rule, seriously!) and the chaperones go around enforcing that the entire time. They are not allowed to make out and certain dance moves are not allowed either. Insituting a breatalizer for middle school students is ridiculous. And for the very few who do choose to "use" before a dance, they'll just use pot instead of alcohol. That is what the older kids do. Parents who suspect the school officials and chaperones aren't doing their jobs, volunteer to chaperone and you will see how conscientious our administrators and volunteer chaperones are!


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