CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The head of Illinois’ second largest school district stressed the dangers of vaping this week on his Facebook page by playing a little, “Can you spot the vaping device?”
Elgin District U-46 Superintendent Tony Sanders posted a picture of four USB flash drives, a vaping device and a vaping charger and he asked parents to try to pick which was used for vaping.
“I was in a professional development session on the epidemic of vaping,” when he was handed a display case with the six items in it.
“You really can’t tell a difference between a regular USB drive and a vaping device,” Sanders said.
In fact, Sanders had confused which was which, too. A parent pointed out to him that the device he thought was used for vaping was a flash drive while the vaping device was one of the other options in the display.
“The point is, as a parent, you need to be mindful of what your students are bringing home at night,” he said.
That’s why Sanders said parents should sit down and talk to their children about how harmful vaping can be.
And when it comes to students in District U-46, Sanders said, “in the era of Chromebooks, the need to have flash drives at school is pretty minimal anyway.”
Chromebook data is stored “in the cloud.” All 5th through 12th graders in the district have been assigned Chromebooks.
One parent responded to Sanders’ post saying that when she grew up, “a pack of cigarettes looked like cigarettes.” She went on to say her child could leave a vaping device next to the computer and she would be none the wiser.
As serious as the vaping issue is one young person joked to Sanders in the post that his mom found his HDMI TV/computer cable and yelled at him for “vaping.” He closed saying by say, “Thanks, Tony.”