SANATOGA PA – Four Pottsgrove High School students – all juveniles age 18 or younger – were arrested sometime during September (2015) for allegedly using vapor cigarettes while riding on a school bus, according to a Lower Pottsgrove Police Department monthly report released Monday (Oct. 5).
The bus vaping incident was noted by police department School Resource Officer (SRO) David Slothower as part of last month’s police activity materials distributed to the township Board of Commissioners. The individuals arrested were not identified in any way, but a few details surrounding the arrests were offered by Police Chief Michael Foltz.
Foltz said the four allegedly were engaged in vaping, a practice of inhaling and exhaling vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar battery-powered devices. Generally, the devices atomize a liquid that contains small amounts of nicotine and simulate the experience of smoking.
Using these devices on a school bus is a violation of state law, specifically PA Crime Code Section 6306.1 (Use of Tobacco in Schools Prohibited), Foltz explained in an e-mail Tuesday to The Post. The stated prohibition includes the use of “lighted or unlighted cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or other lighted smoking products and smokeless tobacco in any form. Thus, it does cover vapes,” Foltz added.
Slothower also is responsible as SRO for Ringing Rocks and Lower Pottsgrove elementary schools. No incidents requiring his attention were reported in either building during September’s 18 school days, his report stated.
The Pottsgrove School District contracts with the department to provide SRO support at its three schools located within Lower Pottsgrove. The SRO, according to the township, is intended promote a security relationship between the police force and the district, helps the department deal with and advise on school safety issues, helps administer the high school’s student peer mediation program, and also deals with emergency issues as they arise.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Oct. 5 meeting):
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