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Lake Washington High School to check prom students for alcohol on suspicion
Passive alcohol sensor will aid in detection

Redmond, Wash. – After a thorough review, including research and consultation with district attorneys, Lake Washington High School Principal Christina Thomas announced today that students attending the school’s prom on June 4 will be tested for alcohol consumption only on suspicion.

Thomas noted in a communication with parents, “Student use of alcohol prior to attendance at extra-curricular activities is a serious concern for us and we are continually striving to ensure student safety at school events. We also have a strong interest in ensuring that our students’ rights are protected.”

The following procedure will be used for the upcoming prom:

  • At school events, alcohol screening of individual students will only occur if there is a reasonable suspicion that the student is under the influence of alcohol.
  • If there is reasonable suspicion that the student is under the influence of alcohol, the use of a passive alcohol sensor will help to gather further information about possible alcohol consumption.
  • As at any school-sponsored event, students who are found to be in possession of and/or under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be referred to the School Resource Officer (SRO) and are subject to normal disciplinary action.

Thomas stressed that alcohol consumption by students is not only prohibited at school events, it is illegal and it can be very dangerous. She noted, “It is our desire that the school and parents work together to help educate students on the potential dangers of alcohol use, and we ask for parents’ assistance in helping to reinforce school rules and in ensuring that students do not have access to alcohol. Our desire is for all students to experience positive, fun, safe, and memorable school events.”


About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the sixth largest district in the state of Washington, with over 24,000 students in 50 schools.

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