PORT St. LUCIE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – It was supposed to be one of the crowning social events of their high school careers.
But about 40 students at Jensen Beach High School tell WPTV-TV they were forced to miss their senior prom… all because of what they call an overzealous reaction by school officials.
They all arrived at the prom together in a party bus. A spokeswoman for the Martin County School District says there were “suspicious items” on the bus and so they ordered all the students be subject to a Breathalyzer test before being admitted to the dance.
“There was a champagne bottle on the bus and we said it is not ours. Every single person said that is not mine. And they just didn’t believe us and we were staying outside for two hours getting Breathalyzed,” student Cassidy Bass said.
And none of the students were allowed to attend the prom until all of the students had been tested, a process which took several hours.
Students say all the tests came back negative but by the time the testing was completed, the prom was over.
“After we all passed the test, you would think they would say sorry. But they didn’t,” student Kaelyn Drazaowski said.
“This was not handled correctly. Definitely not handled correctly. And I am upset about it,” said parent Elliot Ziegler. “This is something that is a lifetime. They are never going to have it. They are never going to have it. You can’t recreate it.”
The school district says all students sign a “zero-tolerance” agreement forbidding drugs and alcohol at the prom and that the school staff was trying to protect other students.
Students say a few of the students on the bus were suspended for using foul language and complaining about the Breathalyzer tests and missing prom.
According to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, there was a deputy at the prom, but he did not give out the Breathalyzer tests, school staff and faculty did.
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