May 4, 2012

Rules for Prom


Maggie: You have got the dress, the tux, a boutonniere and ticket. But for many schools, that is not enough. Students at D.C. Everest Senior High in Schofield, Wisconsin have to sign a code of conduct.

“I think it’s great. It’s a smart idea on behalf of the school. It’s a school sponsored event and we should have to conduct ourselves as we would any other day.”

Maggie: The code of conduct is a contract between students, their parents and the school which includes requirements like appropriate clothing and good behavior on the dance floor.

“It’s a tool we can use to communicate the expectations of attending a dance at D.C. Everest Senior to both our students and our parents.”

Maggie: No student will be allowed into prom without signing it. But some students say it is not going to do much.

“I think the students just sign the code of conduct so that they can go to the dance.”

Maggie: Things like breathalyzers and signed contracts have become as much a part of prom night as riding in a limo. Schools say it is not about ruining the party, it is about saving young lives.

Between the months of April and June — prom season — a third of all teen driving deaths each year occur and alcohol is a factor in four out of ten traffic fatalities on prom and graduation weekends. That is why Coweta High School in Oklahoma has begun using the alcoblow, a type of test that detects the smell of alcohol on someone’s breath or inside their cup.

“I think it’s also a great deterrent for the kids to know that something like this is around, to know that if they do decide to bring alcohol or anything like that in this school that we have another tool that will help us find that out.”

Maggie: School officials say any student who fails the alcoblow, as well as other tests, will not be admitted to prom.

At $325 for each device, it is certainly not cheap. But Leslie Frazier, the interim high school principal, says the price tag is worth it.

“If it’s the one thing that deters our students from taking that drink and coming to school or a school activity, then I think it’s a great use for us.”

Maggie: Maggie Rulli, Channel One News.


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