Schools Try to Curtail Student Actions Outside School

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

June 8, 2006

Albemarle County school officials are talking about ways they can control student behavior off school grounds.

School Board members are listening to comments from the community on how they can do more to prevent underage drinking and to prevent accidents like the one that killed lacrosse player Nolan Jenkins last month.

The schools pretty much have a hands-off policy when it comes to dictating student behavior off school grounds but tonight the school board is soliciting advice on how far they can go to control student behavior outside of school. This all in the wake of the death of Jenkins. He died driving home from a party. Police say he was drunk and officers cited some of his friends for underage drinking but legally police can't reveal the names of the students charged.

“Do we want to ask our legislative delegation to consider legislation that would allow law enforcement to share with us the names of underage drinkers,” said School Board Chairman Sue Friedman.

Right now athletes sign a pledge promising to not take drugs or alcohol. But its all on the honor system and the school won't know if the kids violate the pledge unless the students tell them… something they could look to change.

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