District 220 Officials Look to Revise Drug, Alcohol Policy
Martin, Michelle, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Michelle Martin Daily Herald Staff Writer
Barrington-area school officials are considering revising a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy a little more than two years after it went into effect.
One provision of the policy could be too broad and too difficult to defend in court, according to Barrington High School administrators.
The policy says school administrators must recommend that the Barrington Unit District 220 school board expel any student who "participates in a plan" to consume or distribute an illegal substance.
That means students who are caught at school inviting others to a party where alcohol would be served, or a student making plans to buy drugs from someone outside the school, could be expelled.
So far, the school district has not expelled any students under that particular provision.
School board member Rich Janney agreed that it would be difficult to enforce the policy, especially since it seeks to punish students for what they say, not what they do.
"It's a First Amendment right," Janney said. …