4 Knox County Students Hospitalized After Using Vape Pen
The Lynn Camp High School SRO said the students were experiencing shortness of breath, elevated heart rate, tiredness, and confusion.
CORBIN, Ky. — Authorities are investigating after four Knox County Public Schools students received medical care this week due to side effects from vaping.
The school resource officer (SRO) at Lynn Camp High School said the students used the vape pen before school and reported shortness of breath, elevated heart rate, tiredness and confusion, reports WYMT. Three of the students were taken to the emergency room and one was taken to a family doctor.
The SRO said the vape pen contained THC but that he was not sure if something else was in it. However, he did not call it an overdose. Several vapes were turned over to the police.
School officials shared a letter from Superintendent Jeremy Ledfordon on Facebook Wednesday, warning students and parents about the dangers of vaping and its consequences.
“These battery-powered devices contain nicotine and other substances in the form of an aerosol,” reads the letter. “Students may not know what illegal, and sometimes fatal, substances have been added — especially if they share among peers.”
The letter also emphasized vaping is against school policy and that officials “pledge to hold students fully accountable if found in possession or use.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites many dangers of vaping, including the highly addictive nature of nicotine which can harm adolescent brain development. The group also stresses scientists are still learning about the long-reaching effects of vaping both physical and mental health.
K-12 campus officials across the country have reported significant negative impacts on students, disruption of classroom instruction, a severe drain on available personnel, re-allocation of limited staff development time for teachers and other school staff, a strain on existing student assistance programs, increased expenditures, medical emergencies, and other significant problems resulting from e-cigarette use by students, according to a recent Campus Safety op-ed.
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