As more teens vape, schools have struggled to keep the practice in check. Now, some schools are seeing a worrisome twist — students vaping marijuana.
Just as with tobacco, students can vape right under a teacher’s nose and go undetected. There is no telltale odor, and the handheld devices used are small enough that a surreptitious student can indulge in class.
Compounding the trouble, experts say, is the potency the devices can deliver, giving a student a much more intense high than expected. Often adults don’t realize a student has indulged until the teen confesses.
School resource officers at one large Indiana high school has seen a surge this year in something they have never dealt with before.
Several students were sent to the emergency room by the school nurse after vaping THC, the chemical compound in marijuana that produces a high.