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Chesterton prom starts with breath test

Updated: June 6, 2013 7:29AM



CHESTERTON — Chesterton High School’s first prom using an alcohol breath test on all the students was going smoothly Saturday evening, Principal Jim Goetz said.

Students in tuxedos and evening gowns walked past police officers standing outside the party as their parents and siblings gathered in the gymnasium to watch them march in their finery.

The testing received mixed reviews from parents. Christine Valpatic said she had no problem with testing the students.

“If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to hide,” she said walking into the gymnasium.

Valpatic said she would be surprised if any parent was against it, but at least one, who did not wish to give her name, thought it was unnecessary.

The parent said the testing didn’t make her feel safer and she just worried that prom would start on time.

“I think it doesn’t do any good,” the mother said.

The Duneland School Corp. board voted last month in favor of testing the students at prom and the senior banquet after several students showed up to a fall dance inebriated. As a result, one other dance was canceled.



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