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BC Principal Told Not To Use Breathalyzer on Students

STUDENT PRIVACY

December 9, 2011

Amidst privacy concerns, a secondary school principal has been asked not to use breathalyzers on students during school, The Globe and Mail reports. A spokesman for the BC Civil Liberties Association voiced privacy concerns, noting, "If these devices are in schools, they obviously need a policy." Nechako Lakes Superintendent Charlene Seguin confirmed the devices were provided to administrators in the district, explaining, "They are typically used at extracurricular activities such as dances. In this case, it was used during the day." She added she has explained to the principal that she does not want the device used during the academic day.
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