The School Board in the small town of Eden, New York is considering destroying e-cigarettes confiscated from kids at school. I have mixed feelings about this. As a parent whose kids have had iPods and phones confiscated at school, I would hate to lose the money I spent on the devices. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have paid for an e-cig of any kind for my teen kids. I see the point of curbing the use of these devices with the financial penalty of permanently losing a device too.
“There wasn’t a policy on what we would do with the e-cigarette. So parents were calling up and saying we want this $100 e-cigarette back,” said Eden School Board President Michael Byrnes.
The Eden School Board plans to vote on this on August 6th, 2014. I am quite interested in how that turns out. I am not even sure about the legality of a school keeping or destroying higher valued items regardless of whether they are supposed to be at school or not. I am guessing that this would end badly with lawsuits.
When my daughter was in middle school, she had an iPod confiscated and the school’s policy was to keep it locked up until the end of the year. My daughter’s iPod ended up missing. The school told me I was out of luck. Since it was an older iPod, I didn’t look into any actions against the school. I used the incident as a learning experience for my daughter. That’s exactly what it sounds like this school is trying to do.
The more and more I think about it, the more and more I think I am against this idea. I don’t want to see teens vaping, but at the same time, I don’t want to see the school take such drastic measures. If they were cig-a-likes, I could see this, but what if some kid has a $250 authentic. While it’s wrong either way, destroying or holding on to the device becomes a big issue.
The only solutions I can see to curb e-cigs at school is to either confiscate the devices until the end of the school year or suspend the students, and maybe expel if they are a repeat offender. According to the report, confiscated e-cigs are returned to the parents at some point in Buffalo New York.
What are your thoughts? Would you demand the school return an e-cig that your student had taken by the school?
You can read more about this at WIVB.com