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Merrimack Valley

May 18, 2013

Andover using Breathalyzers at school dances

As prom season commences, town is one of few communities using the device


Anyone attending the prom must also sign a contract that they will agree to follow the rules and take responsibility for their and their guest’s actions. On prom night, all prom participants provide emergency contact information and must sign in and out when coming and going.

Andover School Committee Chairman Dennis Forgue said the most important thing is to keep kids safe.

“Alcohol does not lend itself to a safe environment,” he said, adding that drinking had been an “ongoing issue” at the high school and that the new administration is dealing with a “range of issues” there.

“This one (teen drinking) bubbled up,” he said, adding that dance chaperones and others had noticed there was a lot of “grinding,” or provocative dancing, which was attributed at least in part to alcohol consumption.

“We wanted to create a safe and comfortable environment for all kids who want to attend these events,” he said.

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