On January 18th, Casper confined six students to a restroom to be searched for vaping products. The six girls, then ages 14 to 17, were forced to strip to their underwear to be checked for vaping cartridges. While the search led to three devices being found, the families of several girls filed a civil suit over a violation of the girls’ Fourth Amendment right against unlawful search and seizure.
The district attorney was forced to charge the administrator with false imprisonment, as the search did not meet Wisconsin’s legal definition of a strip search, and when Casper resigned the charges against her were dropped. Casper’s resignation was unanimously approved by the school board during a June 8 meeting, with her employment officially ending June 30th.
US schools fight teen vaping
Meanwhile, as part of the ongoing movement to prevent teen vaping in the US, members of the Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education have been discussing the installation of vaping sensors in their middle and high schools.
Another school district, Evart, has decided to join the ever-growing legal movement against Juul Labs. Evart School District has also had vape deterctors installed and taken other actions to minimize the chances of teen vaping in their schools, and the school’s Superintendent Shirley Howard hopes that via the lawsuit, they are may get some compensation for the purchase and installation costs of these detectors.
“We do have vaping detectors in all of our middle and high school bathrooms and that cost us around $47,000, so we may recoup the costs of that,” she said. “The reason we wanted the vaping detectors was because we wanted them for not just catching kids, but felt like putting in the detectors would make students stop and think about not doing it.”
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