Saint Cloud High School Administration gives their take on the vaping/ Juuling epidemic taking over the
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse 14% of 10 th graders and 16.2% of 12 th graders use e-
cigarettes, including vapes or Juuls. It is a very prominent issue facing today's teens and it is evident that
it has spread into the walls of our school.
When students are caught vaping/ Juuling, the consequences can vary. According to Daryla Bungo,
Truancy Officer at Osceola School District, students who are caught can be recommended for expulsion
depending on the content in the vape/ Juul. When students are caught, they also get the device
confiscated and turned into law enforcement.
At Saint Cloud High School, Principal Nathaniel Fancher said, “It depends on the situation, but normally
we take it, we call the parents, we let them know what’s going on and we usually give a consequence
depending on how we caught them.”
The epidemic has found its way into the middle school as well. It’s no secret that the high schoolers have
influenced those younger students.
” I’m sure that there is [students vaping],” Cynthia Chiavini, Principal at Saint Cloud Middle School said.
“Maybe not on my campus, and there could be, and I might not know it.” Having only one student
caught with an e-cigarette, the problem may not be as prevalent as in the high school.
Because Juuling and vaping are relatively new, there isn’t a complete understanding of its effects. It
seems that Administration’s biggest concerns lay within the fact that these students don’t know what
exactly they’re doing to their bodies.
And researchers are continuing to find the effects of vaping on our bodies. Shane Muller, Dean at Saint
Cloud High School, said,” It’s way too early to know the long-term effects of vaping,” as well as believing
there isn’t enough research behind it.
The NID study also shows that inside teens vape/ Juul 13.2% contain nicotine, 5.8% contain marijuana,
66% are just flavoring, 1.3% are other substances and 13.7% say they don’t know. With one Juul pod
containing as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.
“You’re essentially rolling the dice when someone hands you a vape pen and you don’t know what’s in
there,” says Muller.
The outbreak has also reached Osceola County and its schools and there is no right way to deal with this
situation. In the Osceola County Student Code of Conduct 2018-19, there is no disciplinary action for
vaping nor Juuling because there is no specific language detailing such activities.
School administrators are expected to address the issue using this year's Code of Conduct. According to
Thomas Phelps, Deputy Superintendent, 45 students were caught across the county with tobacco and 9
of those students were at SCHS. Not only were these students caught on a school campus, but they were
also under the age of 18.
District records show that there has been a total of 6 recommendations for expulsion, 3 of which have
been because of drug use/possession.
As reported by NBC news, one Juul pod lasts about 200 puffs. A standard 2 pod pack costs $9.99. The
more students “take a hit”, the more it costs.
“If you’re hooked on this kind of stuff, you’re spending how much money a week? We’re talking
thousands of dollars a year for just sucking on a metal stick,” said Fancher. “It’s an extreme waste of
money.” He suggested that, “Maybe having a no vaping/no Juuling campaign just to let people know,
what are the side effects both physically and academically.”
Although local schools are doing their best to assess this situation, district recognized that for next
school year, Student Code of Conduct will need to address this in order to clarify how to handle this