Vaping seems to be a growing occurrence in BHS. While some say it’s a need others consider it a social gathering; however, the final group of people considers this a problem and nuisance. Some students are pushing the limits as they do it in class directly behind teachers’ backs. Going into the ongoing battle between students and administration what can be done about this problem?
English teacher Ryan McCallum said that this is an intriguing problem that only creates a larger barricade between students and teachers. As vaping technology makes the practice harder to detect, teachers and administrators have increased efforts to recognize and eliminate the problem.
Although some students are more brazen with their habits, the majority of vaping occurs in the bathrooms.
“Because it’s where there’s no cameras,” one student said about his trips to the bathroom. “I can’t go longer than three hours without a buzz.”
“I go during Second Block because that’s when all the boys go,” another student added.
The students leave during classes saying it’s either for a quick drink or a bathroom break; however, this makes the teachers unhappy. The kids miss the lessons and fall behind in class.
Some students consider this a hobby and are willing to spend a lot of money toward this activity. This leads to more problems that the school battles with, like trading and buying between peers.
“I spend too much on it,” one student admitted. Another said they “spend maybe $20 a month.” Some students spend more money to do this than others.
It seems that the untalkable problem arising in bathrooms and hallways is continuing to grow. With its current popularity, teachers are beginning to crack down on this problem. With increased patrols and a faculty meeting showing teachers what to look for and how devices have changed over the last few years, administration and staff are becoming more proactive and less prone to this situation in general.