Chicopee Comprehensive High School cracking down on students vaping on property

Hampden County

They come in many different shapes and sizes, and some even look like items you might find in a classroom.

E-cigarettes, sometimes called vapes, have become a popular craze, especially among teens.

Many high school students are using these devices during school hours, prompting crackdowns by school officials. Chicopee Comp. is one local school doing just that.

Assistant Principal Andrew Lamothe recently sent out an email about the use of vaping on the property, adding that any student caught using these devices will be issued a citation. His email also notes that students have been smoking in the restrooms. 

“Our SRO’s going to start issuing fines, it’s a $100 city ordinance violation for vaping in the bathroom,” said Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk. “It is a civil citation that does go through the city.”

Wilk said if the fine goes unpaid it could end up in the courts. 22News spoke with a neighbor who said they aren’t sure the fines will help.

“They’re still going to do it regardless and a $100 fine will probably fall on the parents,” said Denise Boucher.

According to the National Education Association, within the last year, roughly 3 million students have vaped in school.

The FDA has also said it plans to place nearly 10,000 ads on vaping dangers in school bathrooms.

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