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Lawrence North cheerleaders face suspension

Friday was a festive night at the Lawrence North homecoming game. Friday was a festive night at the Lawrence North homecoming game.
While the teams battled, the Lawrence North cheerleaders were offered a breathalyzer test. While the teams battled, the Lawrence North cheerleaders were offered a breathalyzer test.

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Lawrence, October 3 - Homecoming is always a big game. The Lawrence North-Ben Davis football game last Friday night was no exception.

But sometime during the first quarter, the administration received an anonymous tip. They considered it a credible tip that some of the cheerleaders had been drinking.

So while the two teams battled it out on the field, the Lawrence North varsity cheerleaders were huddled inside the school's athletic department office. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Duane Hodgin described what happened. "There, with a police officer present, they administered the breathalyzer or the girls admitted to their involvement."

Some of the varsity girls tested positive while others just admitted to drinking - nine in all. By doing so, they now forfeit the opportunity to cheer at the final two football games of the season and can be suspended for up to ten days.

Dr. Hodgin wants to be a learning experience. "We know young people make poor choices and there are consequences for choices you make good and bad. We want them to learn from this."

Not all of the students are surprised by what happened. Roxana Ortez is a senior at Lawrence North. "We were just talking about writing an editorial because the school is always talking about breathalizing people at events because it seems to be a big problem. But they never do it. But they actually did it this time."

Parent Karen Snyder agrees with the action taken. "You know, there is a reason why we discourage our youth from drinking. There are long term consequences and if they get caught and stopped now it will save them from a lot of misery in the future."

Caring about character and building character can be a difficult process.

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