Discipline or education? Schools rethinking how they deal with vaping problem
School officials across central Ohio are rethinking their responses to vaping students and say that punishment alone isn’t going to solve the problem. Some are creating in-school intervention and education programs as alternatives to suspensions due to e-cigarette use—a growing trend that’s evident in the latest data from the Ohio Department of Education.
Following three alarming student vaping cases that thrust their district into the spotlight last school year, Licking Heights school officials say they aren’t relying solely on technology or harsh discipline as a cure-all.
They’re educators. So to tackle the problem, which landed a few students and employees in the hospital and prompted police investigations in the spring, they’re first arming students with information on how to stay healthy.