Teen vapes in class, gets punished, complains, and gains global attention
If you think that it’s only in America where public health and school officials are on a seemingly endless rampage about teenage vaping, you’re wrong. An eighteen-year-old teenager in Auckland, New Zealand recently claimed his 15-minutes of fame by vaping in class, getting caught by the teacher, being sent to the school’s deputy principal, and subsequently being punished. But the story doesn’t end there.
The young man in question, Isaac, complained vehemently that he was being treated unfairly. After all, his trusty vape mod was filled with zero-nicotine e-liquid…allegedly…while the school’s no smoking policy only covers combustible tobacco products. So, even though young Isaac appears to have a technically legal point worth noting – that his vaping in class is not technically against school policy because said school policy is poorly worded - one has to wonder. Was it worth it?
The school administration didn’t seem to think so. Deputy Principal Chris Clark slapped the vaping vandal with five days of detention and some sort of Zealandarian contraption oddly referred to as a “smokers kit” which is seeming designed as a kind of student smoking-punishment apparatus. According to SnuffedNZ.com, Isaac’s case was not helped much when he apparently offered to perform oral sex on the school caretaker as a sort of tit-for-tat rebellion against his perceived ill-gotten reprimand (Beware of reading the Snuffed article. It’s filled with homophobic slurs and inuendo).
“While Isaac said it was inappropriate to vape in class, and inappropriate to blow the school caretaker for extra pocket money, the act is neither against the school’s policy nor the law.”
Isaac says his villainous vaping was meant to prove a point, to take a public stand in favor of vaping as a smoking cessation product and tobacco harm reduction tool (We’re putting words in his mouth here, but you get the point. If you read the Snuffed article, the boy does not appear to be as verbally eloquent as we are being here.)
Bad vaping choices, poor parenting, or both?
There are two sides to this argument. Yes, technically and legally speaking, Isaac appears to have been in the right. At the time of the incident, vaping in school of non-tobacco, non-nicotine e-liquid was perfectly legal. Technically and legally speaking, Isaac broke no rules.
On the other hand, Isaac displayed the vaping etiquette of a spoiled brat, the very same vaping etiquette that has perhaps unintentionally helped lead the global vaping community down this years-long path toward government overregulation. The very same deviant, selfish behavior that has helped create a world where a tobacco-free electronic device designed to save millions of adult lives from the carcinogenic dangers of smoking is now being grossly misperceived by the General Public as a demonic killing machine of teenagers and middle schoolers. Where do YOU stand?
So, where does the story end? Right now in America, the FDA is considering a federal ban on the sales of online vaping products, including flavored-e-liquids (which might also be federally banned in brick-and-mortars, too, if the FDA gets its way), vape mods, coils, tanks, and every other type of vaping paraphernalia imaginable. This is not the direct fault of the teenage vaping horror from Auckland, New Zealand, of course, but teens like him aren’t helping our cause much either.
As for young Mr. Isaac, his parents fought on his behalf to the school administrators and magically got his sentence reduced from five days of detention down to three. Well done, Mum and Pop. Another excellent parenting choice for the ages.
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