Calallen ISD set out to set stricter consequences for the use of e-cigarettes on campus, but their plans were changed when they were informed their wish for the Corpus Christi Police Department to issue citations was against current laws.
Citing what Calallen ISD Superintendent, Dr. Arturo Almendarez, is calling an “epidemic”, Calallen ISD set out to crack down on the use of e-cigarettes and vape pens. One such pen, the Juul, has become very popular among high school students. The liquid that users put into the device is soon to come under stricter FDA regulations, but as of now is still unregulated.
This concern led the district to take a bigger step in outlawing the products use. Previously, Calallen had relied on school policy to regulate the use of these devices, but when students continued to break the policy. Superintendent Dr. Arturo Almendarez felt it necessary to increase the consequences for using or possessing the devices on school property.
According to rules that went into place on Monday, February 5, students caught using or possessing a e-cigarette on campus would be issued a police citation, which would have carried a fine. It is yet unsure as to how much that fine could run. The amount would depend on the judge that the citation was brought to.
The district sent out these warnings in a letter home to parents and through social media, but they were informed by the Corpus Christi Police Department on Wednesday that it is against current laws to issue citations on school grounds.
Even though e-cigarettes are legal to those over 18 years of age, the wording of the school’s policy still makes them illegal to possess on school property.
According to a press release sent by the district on Wednesday, students will continue to be disciplined in accordance with the Calallen ISD Code of Conduct. The campus administrators use various degrees of discipline depending on the number of offenses for each student.
In the press release, Calallen ISD administration said that they wish to petition lawmakers to make the changes necessary to combat what they call a “growing crisis”.