- The Washington Times - Monday, March 7, 2005


EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. — A New York school district has scheduled a vote on allowing school officials to give breath tests to students thought to be drunk in school.

The School Board of the East Hampton School District on Long Island has a meeting set for April at which board President Wendy Hall said a breath-test measure likely will be approved, the New York Times reports.

The proposal was greeted by cheers at a board meeting last month, but has run into opposition by people questioning whether such tests invade the privacy of students and whether just being tested would create a stigma.

The Times said districts in several states have begun in-school breath tests to check for student drinking. Analyzer manufacturers told the newspaper they have sold thousands of the devices to schools across the country.

At East Hampton, district officials said, they became concerned after students were caught drinking during school trips to Costa Rica and Italy, and a drunk student became sick on a field trip. They also said students were drinking at lunch.

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