Breathalyzer tests given to high school students before dance - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Breathalyzer tests given to high school students before dance

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The Calcasieu Parish School Board had adopted a policy in 2008 that allows school administrators, who are trained by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, to administer breathalyzers to students. 

CPSO Enforcement Commander, James McGee says, "About four to five years ago, we were getting a lot of incidences happening at schools during prom, homecoming and different high school dances. The Sheriff came up with the idea of us providing breathalyzers to the schools".

McGee says the Sheriff's office received a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The grant pays for the breathalyzer machines along with mouthpieces and any other equipment needed to administer the test.  

It is up to the discretion of each school administrator whether or not to administer the breathalyzer tests.

Before students are asked to blow into the machine, they are required to have a signed consent form from their parent. In most (if not all) cases, the consent form must be signed before a school dance ticket is purchased. When the student arrives for the dance, they will be given the breathalyzer exam which must read 000. If the test reads anything above a 000 (albeit there are a few exceptions), parents of the students will be called to pick up their child.

Alcohol based mouthwash, gum, mints and cough syrup can affect the test results. Students are asked to discard anything in their mouths prior to blowing into the machine. As far as medication, students and parents may need to contact their respective schools or CPSO for further clarification.

Barbe High School's Principal Beth Fraser plans on administering the breathalyzer tests at any and all dances her school may host. Fraser is gearing up for Barbe High School's homecoming dance which takes place October 1st.

Meanwhile, Washington Marion Magnet High School's Principal Robert Pete says, his school will not be administering breathalyzers at this year's homecoming (September 30th). However, Pete says he wholeheartedly supports the policy and has administered the tests in the past. Pete's next plans on administering the breathalyzer test will be for the dance following the last game of Washington Marion's football season.

CPSO officials want other Louisiana area Parish officials to know that although the policy is just Calcasieu Parish wide, the CPSO will be more than happy to lend their breathalyzer equipment for the cause of keeping children safe.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Police: Leesville man killed in crash involving Sheriff's Office vehicle

    Police: Leesville man killed in crash involving Sheriff's Office vehicle

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 6:16 PM EDT2017-08-22 22:16:49 GMT
    (Source: Raycom News Network)(Source: Raycom News Network)

    A two-vehicle crash, involving a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria which was registered to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, killed a man from Leesville after he was ejected from a 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck, according to Scott Moreau with Louisiana State Police.  The Sheriff's unit, driven by Cameron Smith, 23, of Pitkin, was traveling Westbound on La. Hwy 10 as Timothy Phillips, 54, exited a private driveway in the pickup truck and tried to head west, said Moreau. This caused ...

    More >>

    A two-vehicle crash, involving a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria which was registered to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, killed a man from Leesville after he was ejected from a 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck, according to Scott Moreau with Louisiana State Police.  The Sheriff's unit, driven by Cameron Smith, 23, of Pitkin, was traveling Westbound on La. Hwy 10 as Timothy Phillips, 54, exited a private driveway in the pickup truck and tried to head west, said Moreau. This caused ...

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: More scattered storms expected Wednesday; Keeping our eyes in the tropics for redevelopment of Harvey

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: More scattered storms expected Wednesday; Keeping our eyes in the tropics for redevelopment of Harvey

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 4:33 PM EDT2017-08-22 20:33:29 GMT
    Scattered storms Wednesday as we watch the tropicsScattered storms Wednesday as we watch the tropics

    Overnight, we will have clouds clear and will become mostly clear late tonight. No showers are expected to develop overnight. Temperatures will fall to the mid 70s. It will feel very warm due to the humidity. Heat indices will be in the 80s, throughout the night. Wednesday will have rain in the area with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Rain chances stay at 40%. Throughout the morning hours, sky conditions will go from partly to mostly cloudy later in the day.

    More >>

    Overnight, we will have clouds clear and will become mostly clear late tonight. No showers are expected to develop overnight. Temperatures will fall to the mid 70s. It will feel very warm due to the humidity. Heat indices will be in the 80s, throughout the night. Wednesday will have rain in the area with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Rain chances stay at 40%. Throughout the morning hours, sky conditions will go from partly to mostly cloudy later in the day.

    More >>
  • LDWF: Two Sulphur men illegally trapped more than 60 alligator snapping turtles

    LDWF: Two Sulphur men illegally trapped more than 60 alligator snapping turtles

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 4:20 PM EDT2017-08-22 20:20:47 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Two Sulphur men have been arrested for illegally capturing more than 60 large alligator snapping turtles in Texas and bringing them back into Louisiana.  Rickey Simon and Travis Leger, both of Sulphur, and Jason Leckelt of Oklahoma, have pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act by trafficking alligator snapping turtles into Louisiana. Simon and Leger would allegedly catch the large turtles during fishing...

    More >>

    Two Sulphur men have been arrested for illegally capturing more than 60 large alligator snapping turtles in Texas and bringing them back into Louisiana.  Rickey Simon and Travis Leger, both of Sulphur, and Jason Leckelt of Oklahoma, have pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act by trafficking alligator snapping turtles into Louisiana. Simon and Leger would allegedly catch the large turtles during fishing...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly