Should students be tested for underage drinking at games?

Teens party together and take part in underage drinking.

Should students be tested for underage drinking at games?

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Should students be tested for underage drinking at games?


Editor’s Note: This story has been shortened and condensed from an article on by William Westhoven.

High school officials pulled about 75 students from the stands of a high school football game in Randolph, N.J., sequestered them in classrooms and sent them to area emergency rooms on suspicion of alcohol use.

Football season can mean drinking in the bleachers for some teens.

A strong odor of alcohol in the student section of the stands, visibly intoxicated students and social media posts of students drinking at a party before the game all played into the district’s decision to have the students tested, Jennifer A. Fano, district superintendent, said in a prepared statement.

After the game, some parents and students expressed anger, saying the testing order caused confusion for both parents and medical personnel at area hospitals.

“We do apologize to those good students, those good actors who did not drink, are testing negative and were subject to all this,” Al Matos, the board of education president, said. “But I hope they understand this was done in order to ensure they got home safely.”

Would you like your town to test students for alcohol use at sporting events?

Read the full article from William Westhoven on testing teens for alcohol use in northern New Jersey.

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