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Breathalyzer will be used at Oregon City formal dance

FILE PHOTO - Scappoose High School.Students attending the Scappoose High School prom will be randomly subjected to Breathalyzer tests for alcohol use, Assistant Principal Jim Jones announced Wednesday, April 29.

In an email to parents, students and members of the school community, Jones warned that students who are asked to take a breath test and refuse to do so will be barred from the prom, and students found to be using alcohol or illegal substances will be subject to discipline.

"Students refusing to do so will not be allowed to attend the event and their parent(s) will be contacted," he wrote. "Students who are suspected of being under the influence will be required to have a parent come and pick them up. In the event that someone is found to have used alcohol or illegal substances or is in possession of an illegal substance, the expectations in the Student Handbook and Board policy will be followed."

Jones wrote that the Breathalyzer will be used at the prom “in an effort to assist our students in making good choices.”

"Our goal is not to catch students doing something wrong but rather to help them make safe and appropriate choices," he concluded. "We are looking forward to a safe and enjoyable evening for all.

The prom is 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at the Abernethy Center in Oregon City.

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