Texas students using E-cig pens to get high in class
A report out of Midland is raising the alarm over students using E-cig vaporizer pens to consume marijuana while at school.
Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter says that they are finding that students are using these vaporizers in class covertly, saying that it is becoming a big issue.
According to the article, one student is quoted as saying “everybody is using them, everybody,” while another states ““I hear kids talking about it all the time. They’re using it all the time, they’re using it in class, teachers aren’t catching them, because it’s easy to hide, like a pen.”
It’s essentially the modern day equivalent to teenagers sneaking in a vodka and orange juice, or a rum and coke. Teenagers have been regularly found dipping at schools as well.
Painter says that he busted a high school student at Midland ISD recently after finding a vaporizer pen in his car filled with THC oil. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the active ingredient in cannabis which gives a person the effects of a “high.”
Vaporization is a healthier alternative to smoking because there is no combustion involved and it removes carcinogens.
“Now that I know E-cigs are being used for illegal activity, yeah, I’m going to check it if it has liquid THC, liquid marijuana in it, I’m going to bust them, put them in jail,” Painter said.
Midland Independent School District’s Police Department says its received a warning a few weeks ago about the issue and say they are keeping a close eye on it.