CHATHAM,  NJ - The Chatham Board of Education amended school policy, which will subject Chatham High students to breathalyzer tests at school functions in the near future.

Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa explained the reasoning behind the amendment to the policy that was approved at the regular meeting of the BOE on Monday night.

LaSusa reported that the latest incident involving the consumption of alcohol by CHS students at school events occurred last Friday at the football team's state championship game held at Kean University. Also, In the first round of the playoffs held at Newark's Schools Stadium, a CHS student needed medical attention because of alcohol consumption.

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"The reason we've adjusted this policy is that despite repeated and ongoing warnings to parents and students and attempts to educate our students as to what constitutes appropriate behavior at a school-sponsored event, we continue to bang our head against the wall with students who are consuming significant amounts of alcohol," LaSusa said.

"This policy would enable us to use a breathalyzer device to screen students as they come to school-sponsored events, whether it's the senior prom, homecoming or hockey games or whatever it might be. We find ourselves having to do more and more and more to try and prevent a tragedy. This policy will lead to the use of breathalyzer devices at school-sponsored events in the near future:"

Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa explains the reasoning behind the new policy that will allow breathalyzer tests for students at school-run events