Egg Harbor Township High School students and their guests will not be tested for alcohol before entering the prom this year.

The school board and administration agreed at a board meeting Tuesday not to go forward with the plan. Superintendent Scott McCartney said in a text message that they will do more research and bring a formal proposal to the school board for next year.

School board member John Haines said he had received about 60 phone calls about the plan to test all students. He said almost all callers were parents and most of them were against the testing.

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“They said let us do the parenting,” he said. “It’s the kind of thing the board wants to discuss more.”

Several area high schools, including Oakcrest, Absegami, Cedar Creek, Ocean City, Wildwood and Holy Spirit do test all students as they arrive at the prom, and have done so for several years without any problems, school officials said in an April 24 article in The Press of Atlantic City. Some use a Passive Alcohol Sensor, or PAS, which is less invasive than a breathalyzer.

State law allows for random alcohol and drug testing of students who participate in extracurricular activities.

Other schools, including Mainland and Vineland, do not test every student but reserve the right to test students who appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol as allowed by state law and school policy.

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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