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Revere school administrators not blowing smoke about vaping punishments

Posted at 5:46 PM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 19:39:16-04

RICHFIELD, Ohio — One Summit County School District is taking an innovative approach to catch students using vapes and e-cigarettes on campus.

Sixteen vapor-sensitive monitors were installed inside several buildings in the Revere Local School District.

The Revere High School principal said that administrators hope to set a precedent.

“We hope that sending the message early and firmly, that they’ll comply and make sure that they don’t put themselves in a position to get into some trouble,” Principal Phillip King said.

The school district purchased the vapor detectors through a state grant geared toward improving student safety.

The monitors, which look similar to smoke detectors, are strategically placed in different areas of the high school, middle school and field house.

The technology picks up chemicals and the fast-rising vapor from the e-cigarette devices, and within minutes a silent alarm is triggered and notifies administrators on their cell phones.

“There is a text message that goes to a given amount of individuals in the building, for example administrator or school resource officer, and once they get the text message they’re notified of what and where the occurrence is actually happening,” Superintendent Matthew Montgomery said.

Administrators of the Revere Local School District said incidents will be handled on a case-by-case basis, but if a student is caught vaping at school, they could potentially face up to a 10-day suspension.

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