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local police department and school in Ottawa County are partnering to keep kids
principal of Genoa High School now has a breathalyzer kit. She says it's not a
tool to scare students, but to protect them from making bad decisions.
Cari Buehler says they were the first district to adopt the ALICE program, a
safety protocol for schools in the event of an active shooter. Now, she says
they are the first to have a breathalyzer on hand, thanks to a donation from
the Clay Township Police Department.
just a tool that I have, where I can hopefully prevent something or keep them
from doing something," Buehler said.
says she has a great, trusting relationship with her students and their
parents, and she has a feeling she may never even use the breathalyzer. But it
can be used as a normal breathalyzer, to have students blow into it, or the
device can be run over the top of a cup to determine if there's alcohol in it.
students were unaware of the new effort by the school, but they supported the
think it's smart," said Cody Pickard, a junior. "She's, like, for our safety…she's
caring about it."
responsible for all of us, and we can't control what other kids do," added
Casey Gose, and senior. "She has to control what all of us do."
junior, Kyle Edwards, had a message for any doubters of the device.
kids may not like it, but in the long run, with your health and safety, it's a
good thing," he said.
Buehler says if and when she does use the device, parents will be told why she
used it. And if alcohol is detected in the school, township police will handle
the situation from there.