High schools target drinking, More breath tests, harsher penalties was the headline in the Boston Globe on Saturday. Concerns surrounding an abundance of underage drinking have prompted Belmont High School to cancel dances this fall. At a recent Lincoln-Sudbury home football game, students could not enter unless they were accompanied by a parent. At Winchester High School dances, parents must sign their students in at the door.
The question is to what ends should schools go to address the issuse of students drinking? At BHS, we do not use a breathalyzer or have parents escort their students to dances. We have administrators greeting each student as they enter the dance and we do not allow containers of any sort at dances or football games. Are we doing enough to deal with the issue of underage drinking?