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By Ben Muir 

School staff to start administering alcohol tests


April 12, 2018

Ben Muir / Petersburg Pilot

The Petersburg School District intends to use the Passive Alcohol Sensor at the upcoming prom dance.

The Petersburg School District recently purchased a less invasive way than a breathalyzer to test for alcohol, coming after a few students were hospitalized amid the homecoming dance in February.

The Passive Alcohol Sensor appears to be a black flashlight. On the side, though, is a sensor that reads alcohol levels. Petersburg school staff members can administer the alcohol sensor simply by asking a student to say his or her name into the small hole on the side, said Richard Dormer, the middle and high school principal, at a school board meeting on Tuesday.

Jaime Cabral, the athletic direct...

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