Do you think East Haven High's policy should have been changed?
Twenty-three students in East Haven, Conn., were ticketed by police at a Sept. 11 house party where alcohol was served. Many of them were high school football players and cheerleaders.
Their high school, East Haven High, has had a "zero tolerance" policy since 1997 which states that any high school athletes caught with possession of alcohol will be kicked off the team for the entire season.
But many parents thought that was too harsh, and said so at a heated school board meeting last week.
Now, athletes will only be suspended for 20 percent of the season.
For the first offense of being in possession of alcohol, high school athletes will now be suspended for two football games and will have to meet with the school's social worker before being reinstated.
If the high school athlete is caught in possession of alcohol for a second time, they are suspended for the rest of the year from the sport that they were playing.
Finally, if the high school athlete is caught in possession of alcohol for a third time, they have a full suspension from all athletics.
Some parents are angry and say the rules were fine the way they were. But others are glad that they are being more flexible.
"Keep in mind that these kids were not shooting up in a hallway," said Teri Kasperzyk, the mother of one of the suspended football players, senior lineman Stephen Kasperzyk, 17. "They merely received a blanket citation for being present when alcohol was being served," she said.
Do you think the school's zero tolerance policy was too harsh, or should it have never been messed with?