School officials in Randolph, New Jersey recently issued an apology to high school students who were forced to take blood tests at a school football game. The testing was ordered as part of an investigation into underage possession of alcohol.
The situation unfolded on the campus of Randolph High School in Morris County, NJ. Employees of the school were sitting in the front row at the football game when someone allegedly threw a beer bottle from higher up in the stands, nearly striking one of the adults.
Randolph High School officials investigated and asked for the guilty party to come forward. When no one admitted to throwing the beer bottle, school officials decided to enforce mandatory blood and urinalysis screening in order to determine which students might have been drinking alcohol.
The forced testing sparked outrage among students and their parents, prompting the Randolph School Board to conduct its own investigation. Now the superintendent of schools in Randolph has formally apologized to the students who did nothing wrong at the football game. Jennifer Fano said that the “well-behaved and respectful students who did not consume alcohol or illegal substances” were owed an apology.
Fano also indicated that any students who tested negative for alcohol will be reimbursed for any blood testing costs.
A total of five students reportedly tested positive for alcohol. It is unclear if they were charged with underage possession of alcohol or any other juvenile offenses.
To learn more about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Superintendent Says Sorry to Kids Who Tested Clean for Booze at Football Game.”