Breathalyzer used at Phoenixville high school football game

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There is controversy brewing at one Chester County school over how they enforce their alcohol policy at football games. (WPVI)

There is controversy brewing at one Chester County school over how they enforce their alcohol policy at football games.

It stems from the high school football game in Phoenixville, Pa. on Friday as the team hosted Owen J. Roberts.

Students who arrived without an adult were given breathalyzer tests.

The district said it alerted students last Wednesday that the breathalyzer was coming.

"If kids know there's a breathalyzer and you're getting breathalyzed, nobody is going to show up to the game drinking," student Matt Ranisczwski said.

But parent Megan Connolly says she was troubled watching the tests. Her 11-year-old was with her as they watched other middle-schoolers line up to be tested.

"To me, it was just ludicrous. 11-year-olds? A breathalyzer? That's just how I feel about it," Connolly said.

Connolly posted her views on Facebook which prompted hundreds of comments.

She says she could understand testing someone with slurred speech or other signs of intoxication, but every kid? Overkill, she says.

"I actually told my son if anybody ever asked you do anything that you're not comfortable with, to right away call mom," Connolly said.

Elsewhere in town, there were mixed views about the school administration's wholesale testing of students.

"If they didn't have that breathalyzer, you never know what could happen," resident Abreana Lollis said.

"I don't do that stuff; I don't even go to football games, but it's really upsetting people because it's like an invasion of privacy," resident Meghan Webster said.

"I think it's an invasion of privacy, but in today's world, it might be a good idea," resident Betty Ann Shoemaker said.

A lot of districts have similar policies including Downingtown.

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