May 17th, 2010 By BETH SLOVIC | News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Schools

ACLU of Oregon Stops Breathalyzer Tests at Grant Prom

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Grant High School's prom Friday night at the Tiffany Center featured one fewer guest than expected. After announcing this winter that he wanted breathalyzer tests at the prom, Principal Joe Malone didn't get what he wanted.

ACLU of Oregon, prompted by news of Malone's proposal, raised numerous questions about the constitutionality of searching students going to the prom. Among those questions: Who would conduct the tests, administrators or police? What was the standard, probable cause or something else? And what would be the repercussions? Would students who were drinking be turned over to law enforcement?

In the face of those questions, Portland Public Schools decided to drop the idea of searching students this year. "To the extent they're still considering it, we have significant concerns," says Andrea Meyer, legislative director for ACLU of Oregon.
 
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