Breathalyzer test at prom sparks concern from local attorney

10 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 4:13:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in Continuous News
By: Bradley Smith, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Students at Rock Bridge High School will be attending prom this weekend, and for the first time ever, everyone who enters the event will be required to take a breathalyzer test. 

The Rock Bridge student council and administrators made the decision after alcohol-related incidents at homecoming last year. 

"We asked the student council what they felt would be the best way to solve the problem and the number one solution that they came up with was to have every student take a breathalyzer test," Rock Bridge Principal Dr. Jennifer Rukstad said. 

The test will be administered by staff members at the front entrance of the event. 

Just this weekend however, Dan Viets, President of The Mid-Missouri Civil Liberties Association (MOCLA), mailed a letter to the school board voicing his concern for the test. 

"An alcohol test is a search. And unreasonable searches are prohibited by the fourth amendment," Viets said. 

Viets also claims that students at the school were threatened that if they did not go through with the test, prom would either be canceled or moved up to a much later date. 

"This claim is false. The students were not threatened. It was a decision that administration and student council agreed on," Rukstad said. 

Battle and Hickman High School have already had their proms, and they planned to only give breathalyzer tests to students who they believed to be under the influence.

However, Rock Bridge is the first in Columbia to require every student to get tested before entering the prom. 

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