Students caught sneaking e-cigarettes into Rio Rancho schools | KOB 4

Students caught sneaking e-cigarettes into Rio Rancho schools

Colton Shone
September 12, 2018 05:34 PM

RIO RANCHO, N.M. - In a side-by-side comparison of a flash drive and a Juul e-cigarette, it can be hard to tell the difference. They look so much alike that some teenagers are sneaking them into class.


"Sometimes they hit them in class, and in the hallways, on the way to other classes. I don't really think anything of it but I know it's not allowed," said Rio Rancho High School Senior Ty Milne.

Rio Rancho Public Schools officials said they continue to find the e-cigarettes on campus.

"We need to get in front of this and make sure people recognize that, A. It's not allowed; B. We don't want them on campus; C. It's really dangerous," said district spokeswoman Beth Pendergrass.

She says nearly 40 e-cigarettes have been confiscated from students at Rio Rancho and V. Sue Cleveland High Schools. Pendergrass says four e-cigs confiscated at Rio Rancho High School tested positive for THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

"We did have one incident where a student, we actually found it contained spice, THC, and bath salt, in the Juul cigarette," she said.

She says students have been suspended for bringing e-cigs on campus. She also warns that police can get involved in they find illicit drugs.


Colton Shone

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