100 Percent of High Schoolers Attend Football Game Sober
Ah, high school football. The tradition, the camaraderie, the breathalyzer tests you have to pass to get in. At a Phoenixville Area High School football game over the weekend, students attending the game without their parents had to pass a breath test in order to be admitted.
This is not a new policy for school events: Routinely in many districts, students are tested for alcohol in order to attend dances or other extracurricular activities. This is the first time tests were done at a Phoenixville football game, but in a statement officials say the district has done it for other events. Fox got details on the reasoning for the tests: “Administrators declined to talk on camera, but tell FOX 29 they heard some students were going to the game drunk, so they took action.”
Perhaps the students’ dastardly plan to get drunk at a football game was foiled by the breath tests, or maybe the administrators had bad info: Because there were zero positive breath tests at Friday night’s game. Every student at that football game was stone cold sober. Shouldn’t they get some kind of award? This has to be a rare occurrence.
One woman, Lisa Longo, told Fox 29 she thinks everyone at the game should have been tested. Students who attended with their parents (and parents themselves) weren’t tested for alcohol. “I think if it’s good for the goose, it’s good for the gander,” Longo said. “Why aren’t we testing everyone? If drinking and driving is not good for kids, it’s not good for any grownups.” She wants the ACLU involved.
The ACLU of Ohio is uneasy about similar tests at a football game in Perrysburg, Ohio, but seemed unlikely to file a challenge. Perrysburg widely announced the breathalyzer tests ahead of time, and only 1 in 5 students were tested at the game.