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SVSM students take Breathalyzer test before game

Posted: 9:07 PM, Sep 18, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-19 01:07:20Z

A private Catholic high school in northeast Ohio is requiring students to submit to blood-alcohol level tests before attending the school's football games.

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Students at Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary High School will be randomly tested after entering football games through a designated gate.

Despite stating that there's been no evidence of alcohol abuse at games, school officials say students who refuse the testing will receive mandatory suspensions.

School President Tom Carone says 15 percent of the student population was privately checked by a staff member trained on administering a Breathalyzer test before last week's game.

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Carone says four out of 705 families at St. Vincent-St. Mary have complained about the decision.

An American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio spokesman says constitutional protection for students is virtually nonexistent at private schools.

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