CHARDON PROM TURNED INTO
ALCOHOL SCREENING EVENT
This article appeared in the Geauga Courier and Sun Newspapers the week of 4-6-2009.
I was appalled upon learning of the upcomming Chardon prom and after prom mandatory police breathalyzer tests while entering and leaving. These will be conducted and painted pretty in the name of safety for "THE CHILDRENS OWN GOOD". What baloney!
This is endorsed by Chardon Board Of Education, Superintendent Joseph Bergant II, and Chardon Police. THESE ARE POLICE STATE TACTICS!! The prom is being turned into a police screening!
In an alcohol related case in Michigan, a Federal Circuit Court Judge declared that breathalyzer test without a warrant was unconstitutional because your breath is your property just like your fingerprints.
We are all concerned about safety but the same objective can be obtained effectively as it always has in the past. How? The parents and teachers got involved as chaperones at prom. Most of the kids knew them and it was a friendly atmosphere, not one where a cop is waiting to haul you off to jail for drinking. It isn't hard to spot kids who have been drinking and smell alcohol on them. The parent / teacher chaperones can take their keys, call their parents to pick them up, have someone drive them home, etc. This has always worked well in the past.
Maybe the problem is that parents are too lazy or busy to get involved in their childrens life and would like the school and police to do their job for them. How pathetic! We don't need the schools, courts, or police telling us how to raise our children! Parents, get together and storm Chardon High, Chardon Board Of Education and Superintendent Joseph Bergant II with complaints! I would not allow my children to attend such a Draconian event!
Chardon High School.......440-285-4057
P.S. And pleeeease, don't let me hear from any of you in law enforcement or you parents who say: "If this can save just one life" or "I've seen kids scraped up off the street" or "I think it is a good idea, it will make the prom safer" or "It's a good idea, there are too many irresponsible parents".
The facts are, if teens are going to drink, they will find a way to do it after prom is over, which is when most of the drinking goes on anyway. This breathalyzer bullshit will not be effective at that point. Further, the time for parents to start worrying about their teens drinking is not when they are teens but to start educating them on the perils of drinking when they are much younger and even then there will still be some rebellious kids who will not use good judgement. It is impossible to make them all safe unless you or the police follow them 24/7 and that is also impossible....or maybe not....I'm sure some communist will eventually come up with a device that can be worn on or attached to a person that can monitor alcohol every minute of the day. Watching and monitoring our every move is an ever increasing obsession of government. For any of you who think this is a good idea....YOU DESERVE TO BE SLAVES!
I urge all of you, not to make the mistake of being talked into and accepting these kinds of "POLICE STATE" and "FASCIST TACTICS" in the name of safety.
This is how, little by little, we are being conditioned to accept these tactics and the graduated loss of our rights and freedoms. These tactics are not neccessary! As I have stated previously, there are other, better ways of attaining these objectives, and always has been, without giving up your rights!!