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Students Given Breathalyzer Tests

ST. CHARLES, Minn., (UPI) — Some parents of graduates at a Minnesota school said they were outraged to learn all students had been given Breathalyzer tests at the graduation rehearsal.

Jim Welp said he was surprised when his son, Alec, called him Friday morning to say he and the 72 other members of his graduating class had been given the alcohol breath test during graduation rehearsal Friday morning, the Winona (Minn.) Daily News reported Thursday.

“When he said that right away I knew, they can’t do that,” Welp said.

He said he questioned school administrators and they insisted they had the right to test the students.

“They said they did, I said you don’t, I said you have to have probable cause,” he said.

Officials said a group of about 20 students had smelled of alcohol.

“I said you can’t test them all because some of the students have alcohol,” he said.

Superintendent Mark Roubinek said teachers feared for the safety of intoxicated students driving home from the rehearsal.

“It was a bad situation, it would’ve been a terrible situation if some kids would’ve gotten hurt or killed,” Roubinek said. “In our discussions and working with them, we moved on to the next stage.”

Officials said all of the students, including those who tested positive, were allowed to walk at graduation. Several parents said they plan to raise the subject at a June 11 school board meeting.

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