TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)-Two Indiana agencies have launched the first-ever joint statewide vape education prevention and training. While some school corporations in our area are planning to attend the training, others have been holding their own training for parents, teachers, and students for more than a year.
"Our officers and or school resource officers will have contact multiple times a week this is something that within a student population nationwide is becoming more and more of an epidemic," said Aaron Gilman a School Resource Officer with the Tippecanoe School Corporation.
That's why school resource officers at TSC decided to start a vaping education program. The program warns parents, teachers, and students about how addictive e-cigarettes can be.
"When you are dealing with a product like this particularly with a young mind the ability for that product to become so addictive to that student is huge," added officer Gilman.
While TSC has been holding vape education classes since January of 2019, the state of Indiana is beginning its own set of classes that will be made available to school corporations across the state. Those classes are something educators from the Lafayette School Corporation are planning to attend.
"We will be able to get educated on things that we need to be educated on and possibly prevention program,” said Les Huddle the Superintendent of Lafayette School Corporation.
Huddle says they hope that taking the training offered by the state, will allow the school corporation to start their own vape education program.
"We will gather the information and put a plan in place and hopefully we will get something implemented as soon as we can,” said Huddle.
School resource officers at TSC say since educating teachers and school staff about what e-cigarettes look like they have confiscated more of them from students. For more information on where and when the state will be holding the vape education programs click here.