WA school backs off prom alcohol tests for all

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KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -- A high school in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland has backed away from a plan to test every student at this year's senior prom for alcohol.

In an email Wednesday to parents, Lake Washington High School Principal Christina Thomas said students will be tested only if there is "reasonable suspicion" they've been drinking. That was the school's previous policy. A district spokeswoman said earlier this week that Thomas wanted more of a deterrent against alcohol use and thus planned to test everyone.

Thomas' email said the decision to test only on suspicion was made after consulting district lawyers.

ACLU of Washington spokesman Doug Honig had criticized the blanket testing plan and praised the school's decision to reconsider.