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Students arrested at prom

Amanda Butler, Sierra Sun

The Tahoe-Truckee High School prom did not quite go off without a hitch this year. The dance, which was held at Northstar-at-Tahoe on Saturday, April 7, was overshadowed by two student arrests.

“Two minors were arrested and charged with being under the influence,” said Lt. Keith Shannon of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. “One student was also charged with resisting arrest.”

The incident took place after staff members at the school function suspected several students of being intoxicated.

“Staff members greet kids, and since it is a school event, they look for safety issues,” said Tahoe-Truckee High School Principal Mike Finney. “If they notice that a student seems intoxicated, or if they smell alcohol, they refer (the student) to a local deputy.”

Placer County Sheriff’s Officers were on hand at the prom with a breathanalyzer device to measure the level of alcohol in a student’s system.

“Students suspected of being drunk were asked to submit to a test,” said Lt. Shannon. “If any alcohol showed up in their system, they were turned away from the dance.”

In all, between 10 to 15 TTHS students were turned away from the prom.

A parents of one of these students, who spoke on the condition of remaining anonymous, feels the incident was mishandled by police and school officials.

“I’m not in any way one of these lenient parents that allows drinking,” said the parent.

“I’m all for a zero-tolerance policy, but it seems a little selective. They should have either tested all the kids or only dealt with the ones who were causing a disturbance.”

Principal Finney said students who were turned away from the dance have been suspended for five days and are not allowed to participate in school functions for another 45 days.

“They can reduce that time in half by doing community service at any of the non-profit agencies,” said Finney.


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