Hayden's prom may have breath testing

Principal Troy Zabel said proposed process would not involve law enforcement

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— Students at Hayden High School's prom may need a new kind of ticket to get into the dance, if Principal Troy Zabel is successful in implementing a new alcohol-testing policy.

At a Hayden School Board meeting Wednesday night, Zabel said he plans to move forward with a plan to test the blood alcohol level of all students as they enter into the dance at the end of the year, and possibly use the test for other school events in the future.

Zabel told the board he has discussed the proposal with Superintendent Greg Rockhold and a district attorney. The school would not contact the police, but students would face other consequences.

"We're not wanting to be punitive. We're not wanting to involve law enforcement. We'd make contact home for someone to come pick them up," he said.

The School Board did not take any action on the issue.

Zabel said a school improvement team of faculty members supported the idea and he plans to get feedback from the community as he finalizes a policy.

- To reach Zach Fridell, call 871-4208 or e-mail zfridell@steamboatpilot.com

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