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VVS High School student hospitalized, two more evaluated after vaping incident

Posted 2/8/22

VERONA — One student was hospitalized and two more were evaluated after becoming ill from smoking a vape pen at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School on Tuesday, according to the Oneida County …

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VVS High School student hospitalized, two more evaluated after vaping incident

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VERONA — One student was hospitalized and two more were evaluated after becoming ill from smoking a vape pen at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School on Tuesday, according to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said three students reportedly became ill at the high school after smoking a liquid through a vape pen smoking device during the day on Tuesday. One of the students was treated at a local hospital, while two others were treated at the school, authorities said.

The exact number of students who used the vape pen is under investigation.

According to a statement from the VVS District Office, a high school faculty member noticed the student displaying "atypical behavior" and the main office was immediately notified. The student was taken to the school nurse and the school called 9-1-1.

“We are grateful for the immediate response of our faculty and staff and the emergency responders who attended to our students," said VVS Superintendent Martha Group.

"As always, the health and safety of our students is our first priority. Our high school crisis team recently met to review similar incidents that have occurred locally to review our response and action plans. This review was particularly helpful in responding to today’s situation.”

The district said they have reached out to the families of the students to make them aware of the situation and to ask for their help in their children's safety.

The district said in their statement, "Vaping has been a long-standing issue with teenage students and young adults across the nation. While VVS engages in active anti-vaping and anti-drug instruction and activities, educated and empowered parents and guardians are the best line of defense in preventing misuse and illicit drug use by students. VVS encouraged families to take some time to talk to their children about vaping and drug use, ways to resist peer pressure and how to report vaping or drug use to a trusted adult."

The vaping incident at VVS is similar to two other recent incidents at local schools. Five students at Clinton High School fell ill from vaping on Feb. 1, and three of the students were hospitalized. Four students became ill and three were hospitalized after smoking from a vape pen at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES in New Hartford on Dec. 16. Both previous cases remain under investigation by the Sheriff's Office.

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