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Alabama high school removes bathroom stall doors to stop kids from vaping

2019-09-09

The popularity of vaping products has caused one small town high school administrators to take drastic steps.

At Wilson High School in Florence, Ala. – about 130 miles from Nashville – officials have removed the doors to stalls in the boys’ bathroom to prevent students from imbibing on the portable nicotine dispensers, which is supposedly an alternative to traditional cigarettes.

According to WAFF 48, the school’s principal, Gary Horton, said that removing the doors was the best way to put a stop to students sneaking off to vape every day.

His decision was made after finding a student passed out in a stall two weeks ago.

Some of the students’ parents are not in support of this invasion of privacy.

"I don't like it. They take their only private place in the school that they can do their business," Rachel Munsey told the station’s reporter Levi Harvey.

Another parent, Brian Campbell, called the move "over excessive."

"Maybe they need to put a monitor in the hall.... Usually they have a truancy officer or a police officer at the school. Have them monitor the hallway because a bathroom is for each individual person's privacy."

The removal of the stall doors may be a temporary measure as they work to figure out plans.

On Aug. 1, the Heart of Dixie tightened its vaping laws, requiring vape shops to have a tobacco license and banning the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 19.

The law also prohibits advertising vaping products near schools or opening vape shops within 1,000 feet of basically anywhere children will be – outside of their homes.

Some 37.3% of high school seniors said they had vaped during the year, according to a survey from the National Institutes of Health in 2018, almost a 10% increase from 27.8% the year before.