Teen dances at Medina High School req...

Teen dances at Medina High School require breath test

There are 9 comments on the The Medina Gazette story from Jan 26, 2011, titled Teen dances at Medina High School require breath test. In it, The Medina Gazette reports that:

Medina High School students will have to take a test before entering school dances from now on - a Breathalyzer test.

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Medina, OH

#1 Jan 27, 2011
At every School Board meeting, the students are lauded for all they do and they wonderful people they are (true for the most part).........then they decide they are going to breathalize them before they can attend a school dance. This includes all students....even 14 and 15 year olds.

The problem began with several "favored" students showing up at prom last year so drunk that an ambulance had to be called. Shouldn't they punish those students instead of the whole student body?

They are sending a messge to the kids that they can't be trusted. It seems that if the dance was chaperoned enough and kids that weren't following the rules thrown out, the problem would be solved.

Medina, OH

#2 Jan 29, 2011
What is the big deal? a drunk kid driving may cost a sober kid their life. Which is the worse case scenerio, a minute to take a breathizer test or seeing a child killed or end up in the hospital from being drunk or hit by a drunk.

Medina, OH

#3 Feb 4, 2011
http://thepostnewspapers.com/medina/sweethear... -

It sounds like the kids are more concerned about the restrictions on music, dirty dancing, and short skirts than they are on the breathalyser.

But I agree with realistic, and I can't imagine the line waiting to get into the dance and having to give a blow first.

Medina, OH

#4 Feb 5, 2011
Life isn't fair, I agree they should punish the favored kids. Also 14 and 15 year olds, some drink, smoke, have sex etc..etc.. age has nothing to do with it. Also when you see two 13 year old girls grinding on each other and making out on the playground on the school grounds on Guilford Rd in front of little ones, sorry I have to agree with the administation.
I wouldn't look at is as being punished I'd look at it as this is life and sometimes we do things we don't want to. And I higly doubt just the favored ones do bad things. It's not the schools problem until some sue happy parent wants to sue them when their kid gets hurt, drinks, gets knocked up etc... Like I said, things aren't always fair.

Medina, OH

#5 Feb 5, 2011
It's a shame it has come to this. I do think that the organizers of the alternative dance have been very responsible. They have arranged for chaperones, there will be no alcohol and there will be a police officer present if needed.
It is more concerning that the principal and the superintendent are sending different messages. Their press releases disagree on the rules of the dance. The administration says on one hand that they hope the alternative dance goes well but on the other they step in two weeks before the dance and strong arm Weymouth Country Club into breaking their contract. They threaten the kids if they attend and make them fear repercussions if they take a stand.

I think the kids have shown amazing maturity in sticking by there beliefs. The administration, however, have acted like dictators and certainly are not "allowing each student to reach their full potential" as stated in the mission statement they read at every board meeting

Medina, OH

#6 Feb 5, 2011
I agree with both sides, however, I do see parenting as a real issue anymore. Too many parents want to be "friends" with their kids. The school may have to act like dictators to keep the kids in line who threaten if you do this we will sue you, or if my parent does this, the kids threaten to sue them.
I don't think kids fighting to have certain dancing or music as their main fight, shows maturity, or even the breathalizer, it's the same old if you don't do what we say this is what we are going to do. REALLY? This is going to have them reach Full Potential? That is sad...Schools have limits and either respect them or yeah, go have your own dance.
The kids need a lesson in real life, wait till they get jobs (if they do), are they going to strong arm an employer and say do it this way or my way?
To me they disrespected Medina Schools and the adults who are responsible for them on school grounds. That isn't maturity, that is being a crybaby.
Concerned Citizen

Philadelphia, PA

#7 Feb 7, 2011
Why are we not giving them the test every day when they enter school, along with random drug tests for everyone, not just athletes.
Unhappy Student

Oberlin, OH

#8 Mar 18, 2013
I'm a student at Medina, age 16, and this post upsets me because I've been to many school dances and they've never breathalized anyone as far as I know. Medina is full of great kids and just because a few people did something bad doesn't mean we'll all follow their lead.
Clyde Zdale

Columbiana, OH

#9 Mar 18, 2013
Concerned Citizen wrote:
Why are we not giving them the test every day when they enter school, along with random drug tests for everyone, not just athletes.
Why not make them take off their shoes, belts, open their purses & bags plus give them body scans & cavity searches like they do at the airport. Heaven knows a drunken terrorist may be in the crowd. If there is extra money I suggest bomb and drug sniffing dogs.The unclean masses must learn to obey so let's drink to that like drunken Irishmen and barf all over the halls. It never hurts to set a fine example for the younguns.

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