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Are Vape detectors a hit with helping students to stop taking hits?

East High installs vape detectors for the 2023-2024 school year. They’ve been function well every day.

LPS has started the 2023-2024 school year by placing new vape detectors in the bathrooms at East High. Their goal is to fight nicotine addiction in teenagers by using the money that they won in a lawsuit against Juul Labs Inc. In January of 2021, LPS joined a nationwide lawsuit against the company. The allegations claimed that Juul was using bright colors, sites, and channels popular amongst the youth to advertise to teenagers. After two years, Juul paid $1.7 billion to school districts across the country and LPS got $1 million from it.

The detectors have been going off incredibly often with 15 alarms being set off before 8:30 am on one day. Students who have never vaped are susceptible to having their time wasted because of the students who do.

“Honestly at this point I’ve just stopped using the bathroom all together,” an anonymous source said. “Like, I’m not worried that I’m gonna get in trouble for doing something but I keep hearing stories about kids getting caught in the crossfire.”

If students don’t cooperate and agree to a pat down, they’re likely to be suspended for three days. Protocol states that if the alarm goes off in one bathroom, then the other sex’s bathroom has to be evacuated too.

“I was washing my hands while someone was vaping and the guard outside was asking if I had vaped,” another anonymous source said. “I said I was just washing my hands, they said okay and had me empty my pockets. It made me feel weird because I thought that wouldn’t happen.”

If all goes well at East, then in the 2024-2025 school year LPS will be implementing the vape detectors in all other schools across the district.

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Tina Mashayekhi, Staff Writer
Tina Mashayekhi is one of the newest members of the Oracle staff, as this is her first year on staff. She was motivated to join Oracle after a previous staff member encouraged her to apply, positive she’d be a good fit for the team. Tina is a senior here at East, and enjoys writing, reading, going to sporting events, and watching the cheerleaders perform. Tina writes poetry on occasion, enjoys crafts and music (her favorite bands are Skillet and Marina and the Diamonds) and says her goal in The Oracle is to write at least one article that people really want to read. Tina has high hopes for being on Oracle staff, and hopes to be known as the one who’s just a little bit crazy, and who has ideas outside the box.
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Kaitlyn Peitzmeier is a junior at East this year, and this is her first year on staff. She plays club soccer, and is also a part of the Lincoln East girls soccer team. She has a twin sister Kelly, who also goes to East, and a younger sister named Kristin who goes to Lux. Some of her hobbies include baking, hanging out with friends, and taking her dog, Clark, on walks. One of her favorite things to bake is cookies. She joined the Oracle because she loves to write and she wanted to be more involved at East. She is excited to be creative and write articles as a staff writer on the Oracle this year, and we are so happy to have her!

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