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Here’s hoping teenagers from Hamilton, Ohio, enjoy their Spring Break. When they return to school, the ones who have experimented with vaping will face new layers of scholastic scrutiny.  

Detailing new security measures that will take effect April 8, Hamilton Superintendent Mike Holbrook sent out letters to families with children in the seventh through 12th grades, according to the Journal-News 

Holbrook wrote: “Trained school personnel will be conducting random searches of students. These random searches will be ongoing for the foreseeable future. Random, daily searches may be conducted on any student with the use of a metal detector device. These searches could be administered at any point during the school day. The searches may include student property, lockers, vehicles and additional items deemed necessary.”  

Butler County school system officials announced stricter efforts to combat the recent rise in teen vaping, which former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb called an “epidemic.” 

As students return from Spring Break, a certain segment of the student body will be forced to endure searches for vaping devices via handheld metal detectors.  

For the students who are busted with e-cigarettes will have to submit a urine analysis test over the next 48 hours, according to the Journal-News.  

The term “random searches” Holbrook used in his letter should be concerning. Did school officials forget about the profiling problems caused by the New York Police Department’s “stop-and-frisk” policy in the 1980s?  

Before the new school rule went into effect, a group of concerned students criticized the move.  

Holbrook attempted to explain the philosophy of the searches.   

“If there is a reasonable suspicion that a violation of the student code of conduct or law has occurred,” he said. “(Then) the search of a student may not be random in nature.”  

Sounds like double-talk.   

Anyway, to the students of Hamilton, Ohio. Welcome back to school. Metal detectors and urine tests await. 

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