School District could install vape detectors at Weiser Middle School


A vape detector like the one shown above would curb the use of vape devices at Weiser Middle School. Weiser High School already has at least 12 of the detectors at various locations throughout the campus. Stock photo
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Philip A. Janquart
The Weiser School District is considering installing vape detectors at Weiser Middle School.
 The subject was discussed at a Jan. 9 regular board meeting, board members deciding to move forward with due diligence in consideration of the matter.
 “We haven’t had any movement on getting a quote, but we installed several vape detectors at Weiser High School over the summer for utilization this year,” said WSD Superintendent Wade Wilson on Monday. “The feedback on it has been positive: that it has helped curb that particular type of activity in the school. I think the board is interested in trying to do the same thing at the middle school to help us stay on top of any vaping activity that may be going on.”
 As vaping becomes more widespread among teenagers, schools across the nation are attempting to clamp down on an activity that has been proven to carry health risks.
 It is highly addictive, has been linked to lung injuries and chronic disease, increased risk of heart attack, asthma, and cardiovascular disease, not to mention the fact that vaping appears to be getting a new generation hooked on nicotine, according to several sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease.
 “Companies have made it easy for kids to get their hands on these vaping devices,” Wilson said. “They have made them interesting to kids and there are certainly kids in our community, unfortunately, that are utilizing them.”
 Wade said there are at least a dozen vape detecting devices in various locations throughout Weiser High School. They look and work much like a smoke detector, sending an electronic message when activated.
 “The notification is sent to the company, as well as anybody on our end who is connected to the system,” he said. “That gives us the opportunity to follow up on the area where the message came from.”
Wade said the school board intends to move forward with the plan.
 “It will start with somebody coming out and looking at the location, getting a quote, and then we’ll go from there,” he said.
 

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