A Columbiana County school is cracking down vaping with new punishments.
Students caught vaping at Crestview will get more than a detention or suspension. Now, the infraction will involve a criminal ticket, juvenile court, a $125 fine and a mandatory educational program on the dangers of vaping.
The crackdown is happening because more young people are picking up the habit. Crestview Superintendent Matthew Manley said he’s seen an uptick in use. There have been 16 high school students caught vaping and two middle schoolers, and that just since Christmas.
“I don’t know if I had 16 suspensions the entire last school year,” Manley said. “Looking at this, this is a problem you got to address.”
The new policy went into effect Thursday. Manley said the idea came after meeting with other superintendents in the county who are seeing the same issue. He sees it as an opportunity to both punish and educate.
“We want students to go through and see the dangers,” Manley said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, e-cigarettes contain nicotine and other harmful substances like cancer-causing chemicals. Manley said he saw some students getting sick.
“Some of them have done it in the bathroom so you got one minute in there so you are pulling in as much as you can in a hurry and then you walk out and you are dizzy,” Manley said.
Manley hopes the new police with curb use in the district and expects other districts to adopt similar policies.