Juuling has been an ongoing problem at HHS - and at most other high schools in America - and it doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.
“We’re doing about all we can,” School Resource Officer Joseph Hutcherson told The Ville News recently. “The only way to really 100 percent stop it would be to pull teachers out of the classrooms during each break and place them throughout the school in their own assigned restrooms and hallways, but of course that isn’t going to happen.”
Beth Brody, who overseas detentions and suspensions, said 13 students received in-school suspension for Juuling this semester, while two repeat offenders were given out-of-school suspension.
But the SRO said those numbers barely scratch the surface.
“In my time here, we have only caught a few, but there is guaranteed four times that many or more that are doing it and getting away with it,” Hutcherson said.
Indeed, in at least one boys’ bathroom, it seems students don’t even bother to go in a stall anymore to puff on the electronic cigarettes, instead openly using the vaping devices for anyone to see.
An informal check of girls’ bathrooms last week during second block revealed at least five students Juuling.
Even if teachers were assigned hall and bathroom duty, Hucherson said, students would still find a way to vape (the devices are small and often odorless).
“If there’s a will, there’s a way,” he said.
Sumner County high school principals are responding with tougher penalties. Beginning next school year, students caught using Juuls or other electronic smoking devices on campus will receive immediate out-of-school suspension.
“I think we really are doing about all we can,” Hutcherson said.
Story by Savannah Vaughn and Savanah Williamson