This week, the U.S. Surgeon General urged action to prevent American teens from becoming addicted to vaping. Earlier this month, the Boston Globe reported on schools installing vape detectors in restrooms to discourage vaping at school. Students from the Newspaper Production class took to the halls of AHS to see if people feel students here have a problem with vaping–and whether vape detectors would have an effect. Here’s what we learned:

 

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MR. BERUBE, HEAD LIBRARIAN

Do you think vaping is prevalent at AHS?

Well, I know it is. The [fire] alarms have been set off on account of it. That’s why we’ve had to evacuate the building numerous times.

How do you think students would react if we had vape detectors installed in the bathrooms? 

I don’t know if we need them because vaping has set off the current smoke detectors.

 

IMG_3832KAELA FLANIGAN, SENIOR

Should AHS purchase vape detectors for the bathrooms?

“That seems like an unnecessary expense for our tax papers, in my personal opinion.”

 

 

IMG_1920MS. VARGAS, MONITOR

Do you think that vaping is prominent in the high school?

If it is, I don’t think that it is inside the school as much. It’s more outside the school because there is more freedom to do it, and all of the teachers are watching so it makes it harder.

How do you think students would react to vape detectors installed in the high school bathrooms?

I think that it’s a good idea…. Not everybody does do it, so those who did would not do it anymore.

 

IMG_3339RYAN GASSE, SOPHOMORE

Is vaping prevalent at Andover High?

I think it is happening.

How would students react to having AHS install vape detectors like those installed in other high schools?

I think most kids would be scared but I think we should get them.

 

Image-1.jpgCOLIN SPRING, FRESHMAN

Should AHS install vape detectors in the bathrooms?

I don’t really care because people still do it anyways, and people will find other places to vape.

 

 

IMG_3338MRS. CROTEAU, CAFETERIA WORKER

Do you think that vaping is prevalent at Andover High?

No.

How would students respond to vape detectors in school bathrooms?

They probably wouldn’t like it, but its for their own good.

 

bledsoeMR. BLEDSOE, SCIENCE TEACHER

How do you feel about the idea of installing vape detectors in school bathrooms?

It wouldn’t bother me because every once in a while I’ll walk in there and it’ll smell like vapor. It’s not good for health, really, and it’s one of those things that if you have to do it, do it at home.

 

 

callieCALLIE WILEY, SENIOR

Do you think that vaping is prevalent at AHS?

Not as much as last year because people are realizing that it is bad for you.

How do you think that students at AHS would react to vape detectors being installed in the bathrooms?

I think that would be a little bit extra–and a waste of money. I think that most students would agree with that.

 

mcv.jpgMRS. McVEIGH, HEALTH TEACHER

Do you think that vaping is prevalent at AHS?

I unfortunately do think that it is prevalent. I think that it is something that kids think is safe, but it isn’t. So there is a lot of people experimenting, and we are unfortunately seeing the effects of that here, in an age group that we have to educate more and talk with about how dangerous it is. We don’t know enough about it and its long-term effects.

How do you think that students at AHS would react to vape detectors being installed in the bathrooms?

I am sure they wouldn’t be happy with it, but I do think that it would be a good idea. Reading the cover of the Tribune today, I saw that it was talking about vaping incidents on the horizon and how we need to start taking steps and new approaches to help stop it, so that kids don’t think this is a place where they can do it

 

Person on the Street (Dec 7, 2018 at 9_55 AM).JPGMANAS JOSHI, SOPHOMORE

Is vaping prevalent at Andover High?

Yes, a lot of students vape at Andover High School.

How would students at AHS react to vape detectors being installed in the bathrooms?

The addicts would no longer be able to vape, as they would be very disappointed if vaping detectors were installed. However, it would not affect the students who do not vape.

 

donovanMR. DONOVAN, SCIENCE TEACHER

How would students at AHS react to vape detectors being installed in the bathrooms?

Kids who vape will be annoyed if a vape detector is installed in the bathrooms at AHS. However, a lot of kids do not vape, so it will not have a big impact on most students.