Howard High bans drinks

School is latest to join bid to curb alcohol

October 06, 2007|By John-John Williams IV | John-John Williams IV,Sun reporter

Howard High School in Ellicott City became the latest Howard County school to prohibit fans from bringing beverages to sporting events in an attempt to curtail underage drinking.

School administrators informed parents of the new rule through an e-mail yesterday. It takes effect immediately.

Administrators at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia and Centennial High School in Ellicott City imposed similar bans in the past two weeks. Officials at Atholton High School in Columbia said yesterday they have had such a policy in effect since the beginning of the school year.

The beverage ban, which applies to students and adults, allows fans to possess only beverages that have been purchased from concession stands. Some school officials said they have observed an increase in underage drinking recently.

Although Howard County does not have a systemwide policy on beverages at sporting events, top officials support the schools' actions.

"We applaud the local principals for their decision," said Patti Caplan, Howard County schools spokeswoman. "It's a good step that they are taking among the many other things that they are doing to ensure a safe environment."

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