High School To Start Random Breathalyzer Tests
LOS GATOS Los Gatos High School plans to join a growing number
of high schools that perform random breath alcohol tests on students at
dances and other events. -
Principal Doug Ramezane said he would institute the new policy after
winter break because several students were found to be under the
influence of alcohol at football games, the school's Coronation Ball
and even during class this year.
"It isn't OK that any of these
kids are doing it," Ramezane said. "It probably isn't going to
eliminate the problem completely, but we want to minimize alcohol and
Although Los Gatos High has had a Breathalyzer
alcohol detector available at school dances for several years, campus
officials have only used it when they suspected a particular student
was drunk. In the future, students will be tested at random, he said.
Los Gatos police are training teachers on how to identify the use of
alcohol or drugs in school and have contacted teen groups on campus
about participating in an upcoming meeting in January, said Los
Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Chief Scott Seaman.