A pilot program in the San Dieguito Union High School District will install sensors in school bathrooms that will prevent kids from vaping in the restrooms.
"I was shocked at what I learned in terms of how many are vaping," Kari Prevost, whose sixteen-year-old son got caught doing it with a group of other students at school, told KGTV.
Prevost said she learned many students started experimenting with e-cigarettes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"A lot of the kids experimented especially during Covid because of boredom, a lot of the kids think they’re in control," she said.
School Board Trustee Michael Allman introduced a resolution to use technology to try and prevent vaping in school bathrooms.
"Some parents have reported that it’s uncomfortable for their children to use the restrooms in the school, it’s a haze of exhaled vapors that has strong flavors that make it uncomfortable to use the restrooms," Trustee Allman told KGTV.
According to the CDC, an estimated 20% of middle school students have tried vaping and 40% by high school.
The board voted 3-2 to invest over $11,000 to install the sensors. When vaping is detected a text message will be sent and cameras placed outside the restrooms will help identify who is responsible.