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Booze on Bus Prompts Prom Ban for 35: Could it Happen Here?

A group of 35 student leaders was banned from the Dixon High School junior prom after the bus driver who transported the teenagers to the dance found a bottle containing alcohol on the bus. If it happened in Napa, would you support school administration?

There's a wild story developing in Dixon, one that you'll probably hear and see on radio and TV news in the coming days (although our Patch buddy Carlos Villatoro is all over it already). 

We're all heading into prom season, so this seems worthy of discussion:

Thirty-five students from Dixon High School's leadership class were banned from their junior prom when someone allegedly left a bottle of vitamin water containing alcohol on the bus that took them to the dance.

The students — some of whom had participated in an last week dramatizing the dangers of drinking and driving — were stuck outside the venue when they were blocked from attending the event they had planned.

The students said they were bitter about the way that the school's administration handled the situation, partly because the school had not provided a Breathalyzer test that was mentioned in a contract students and parents signed.

The contract states: "Students suspected of being under the influence will be subject to evaluation by DHS Administration and/or local law enforcement, including a Breathalyzer exam. The students who are under the influence will have their parents contacted for pick-up."

If such a thing happened here, how would parents react? How would students react? How would school district officials react? Vote in our poll and share your comments below.

Charles Kadell May 02, 2012 at 05:19 PM
The whole damn episode was a farce. I'll be willing to bet that every parent (even the DUH Staff at the High School) consumed some alcohol at their prom night. It has always been a way of celebrating the closing and parting of 12 years of scholastic challenges, loosing past friendships, etc.. What about the "Contract" that the students and parents signed in the event that such happenings occurred ? I guess that was just another example of the DUH High School's Staff leadership by forgetting that a contract was ever signed. What about the dollars that the parents spent on "Look Nice" clothing that they had to spend to give their Son, Daughter that "special" look for the occasion. Realizing the furor that the DUH High School Staff created, they probably went home and had a cocktail or a few beers themselves. ARGHHHHHHHHH ! A Grandfather in Oregon
chuck2251 May 03, 2012 at 01:55 AM
at least they were not at the prom and if something happened they could sue the school.. every year many kids drink and never live to see another prom..or they kill some innocent person.. grand pa grow up and smell the roses..
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 03, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Here's a followup from Carlos in Dixon, who has been covering this story like a rug: The principal has apologized to "the 35" for the way he handled the situation. Very interesting article: http://dixon.patch.com/articles/principal-john-barsotti-i-am-very-sorry-for-how-i-handled-the-situation

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