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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.

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"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.

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