Forty students from Jensen Beach High School booked a private charter bus, or party bus, to take them to prom. When they arrived, they were told they couldn't go inside because a champagne bottle and some cups had been found on the bus, said Michele Blanco, spokesman for the Martin County School District."The students had all signed a zero-tolerance policy for prom that said they could be Breathalyzed if there was reasonable suspicion," Blanco said.So the students lined up for their sobriety tests. Each of the 40 students tested negative, Blanco said. But by the time the tests were completed, it was too late to go inside, the students say.
What caused the adults to go onto the bus in the first place? Were teenagers acting drunk, for example? Did the bottle appear to be freshly emptied?
Lyn Drazkowski said she condones the school's policy and process, but the champagne bottle was dry, shoved behind a booth on the bus. As their classmates were entering and exiting prom, they passed by Kaelyn Drazkowski and her pals, which was humiliating for the group."My daughter comes home and cries herself to sleep," Lyn Drazkowski told CNN. "It's a night that she'll never get back"...Doug Bass said the problem isn't that school officials tested the students; it's that they barred them from entering the prom even after it became clear the kids weren't drinking."When they start testing them, and no one is showing they have any alcohol in their system, that's a bit much," he said. "You only get one senior prom -- and 40 of those kids didn't."
If I were innocent and being accused of violating the rules, I'd be angry, too. That's not necessarily a reason to suspect them of wrongdoing. And how long does it take to administer breathalyzer tests, anyway?
It's clear that we don't have all the details, but at first glance it appears that the adults from school hold the lion's share of the fault here.