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Portsmouth high students may have to take breathalyzers

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By Dana Griffin

dgriffin@abc6.com

 

POURTSMOUTH, RI- High school students in Portsmouth could soon be asked to take a breathalyzer test before school dances and other functions. The school committee is currently considering making the change.

It's a move the school principal, Robert Littlefield believes will help keep teens safe.

Parent, Karen Cipriani says, "I wish I had, had it when I was a kid…we as parents get up set and there could be accidents so it's just one way to stop the whole idea."

"There are a lot of kids out there that shouldn't be drinking and drink and get in trouble and hurt themselves, if not others because perhaps they weren't cheeked so I have no problem with it, said parent, Michael Moore."

Most parents agree to the testing, but students aren't so thrilled about it.

The school says students will draw colored chips from a bag, certain colors will get the test but students can refuse to take the test, they just won't be allowed in.

If a student fails his or her screening, they'll be asked to leave but if they have alcohol or drugs in their possession, they will be suspended from school."

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