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School System to Monitor Weekend Drinking by Students

The AP reports that a Pequannock, New Jersey school district is adopting a policy that allows officials to randomly test students for alcohol consumed as much as three days before the test (i.e., on weekends for tests administered on Mondays and Tuesdays). If students test positive, their parents will be told. They'll also get counseling, but won't be kicked off teams or kept from after-school activities.

The ACLU is ready to sue for invasion of privacy, apparently. [Will LSDAS will be able to obtain test results along with the high school transcript?] I wonder if parents will be able to "opt out" of the testing program for their children. What kind of parent would choose to opt out? On the other hand, would our children's consumption of a bit of wine at the Friday evening Sabbath meal wear off by Monday's test? Enquiring minds want to know!



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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