POLL RESULTS: Should Dracut School Administrators Be Able To Test Students For Alcohol Use?
Feb 09, 2018 04:36PM ● Published by Bill Gilman
At its Feb. 12 meeting, the Dracut School Committee will consider a proposal by Superintendent of Schools Steven Stone that would allow school administrators to use a device to test the breath of students they believe may have consumed alcohol at school or a school or event or just before arriving.
Under the terms of the proposed policy, school officials could administer a breath test on a student if administrators has a reasonable suspicion that the student is under the influence of alcohol. School department officials would also be able to test students randomly at school district events such as athletic contests, school dances etc.
We asked our readers what they thought of the Superintendent's proposal and the results were split.
In all, we received 90 responses to the poll question. Of those, 42 respondents, or 47 percent, said the testing was a good idea. Another 39 respondents, or 43 percent, said they opposed the plan. We also gave a third choice, testing in the presence of parents or guardians. Nine respondents, or 10 percent, thought that was acceptable.
Results are shown below.