|Jan. 20, 2019 | www.fisherphillips.com|
A student tells the dean of your high school that there is a girl in the library who seems very ill. The dean finds the ill student with her head down, moaning. He asks her what’s wrong, and the student says she vaped and does not feel well. After calling on the school nurse to evaluate the student for any immediate threat, you question the student and learn that she is no longer in possession of the vaping device, having given it away to another student.
You search her locker and backpack and find three pods containing a substance you cannot identify. Eventually, the student admits to vaping “cherry spice” and claims the pods belong to her brother—who is not a student at your school. She says she bought the vaping device from another student while off campus last weekend.
Your school has had a series of issues involving students vaping and the dean recommends sending the community a message by expelling the student. The dean does not send the pods or the student for drug testing. Is this wise?
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