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Texas school changes dress code to combat teen vaping epidemic

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A school district in Channing, Texas, is the updating of the student dress code to combat teen vaping epidemic.

Channing Independent School District decided to modify the dress code for the schools after receiving tips that students were vaping on the campus, ABC7 reported.

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After examination of the claims, the superintendent of the school district, Robert McClain, found “a couple of Juuls” and confiscated them from students. Students caught vaping are also reportedly given the automatic in-school suspension.

“We went to the internet trying to figure out, ‘OK, how big a problem is this?'” he told ABC7.

McClain quickly discovered how big of an epidemic vaping has become among young people. According to a federally funded study, two times as many high school students who are nicotine-based electronic cigarettes, such as Juuls, in 2018 than in the previous year – the largest single-year increase in the survey, the 44-year history.

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The news prompted the school district to make a change to the dress code, specifically long-sleeves, to which the students have used to hide their vaping experience by hiding the e-cigarette and exhaling the smoke in the sleeves.

“If they wear long sleeves of any kind) they got to pull them up or roll them up in principle, two or three inches above the wrist,” said McClain. “If they put their hands on their face we know that it’s not happening.”

The school originally thought about a ban on hoods, but thought that it might be unfair to some students.

“We considered doing away with hoodies completely, but some of our children have the cold man,” said McClain. “Some of our children, just like the shirts. I don’t want to punish our children, but I want to keep from our children.”

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The school will also be more supervision of the students between classes.

But not all parents are reportedly very excited about the added dress code for restrictions, McClain told ABC7 the change will last until the end of the year, and the administration will determine whether it will have any effect for next school year.

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