Mon10202014

Schools

Journalists go to jail for a 'Reality Check'

Handcuffed high school journalists from schools ranging from Los Altos to Gilroy arrived in back seats of police cars at the San Jose Main Jail Monday.

The students were part of the 12th annual Sober Graduation one-day "Reality Check" student press conference and journalism contest. The program is aimed at increasing the awareness of the problem of drinking and driving on the part of graduating seniors.

Students went through the same process as adults suspected of drinking and driving. Approximately 150 students were given field sobriety tests and "arrested" at their schools by more than 50 local police officers and driven to jail.

Reporters and photographers from dozens of high schools, including Los Altos, Mountain View, St. Francis and Pinewood high schools were "arrested." A $1,000 grant will be made to the student newspaper that publishes the best overall coverage of events.

A $500 grant will be made to the school with the largest percentage of its students attending its alcohol-free graduation party.

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