Breathalyzing at Homecoming

Due to years’ prior events, Champaign Central High School has decided to breathalyze students at homecoming. Not all students will be participating in this. Students will roll a dice and if you roll on a “chosen” number, then you are breathalyzed.

The school also has the right to follow you when you leave if you are suspected to be under the influence. This angers some students and parents. After talking to a student, Grace Raspoli, I was able to get an inside view on somebody who has been breathalyzed before.

When asked about her prior experience to being breathalyzed and her feelings towards it, Grace simply stated, “Yes, it was kind of weird because we had to go in a separate room, but I didn’t really care that much. The whole process was exhausting because you had to roll a dice and your date had to come with you, so I don’t really know how to feel about it.” Once I brought up the rumors on it being biased, Grace stated, “I don’t want to accuse anything if I don’t have proof, but of course they’re going to target those who have been known in the past to do things like this.”

After Grace’s interview, we thought it might be best to get a different point of view from somebody who hasn’t been breathalyzed. We decided to get a new point of view from a different student. We interviewed Hailey Mellor, who has went to a school where they’ve breathalyzed people before.

When asked if she thinks its biased, Hailey said, “Yes, are you kidding me? They might target minorities, or the people they know. It could become that.” Later on in the interview, we asked her if she thought if it could be done differently and she said “Um, yeah… They could just not do it.”

Altogether, the breathalyzing seems to have a weird effect on students. From who we’ve talked to off the record, it seems that some people think it’s a good idea and some think it shouldn’t even be done. We were told from an anonymous student that she rolled a certain number and got breathalyzed, but when a different student rolled the same number, they weren’t, leading to perceptions of bias.

“It’s just weird to the students who have been going here for so long.” Grace Raspoli says.

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