Vaping in the Bathrooms Just Bad Student Behavior

No Vaping Sign

Courtesy of Verrado High School

No Vaping signs are seen around public restrooms with hopes of reminding students.

Gabby Comer, Editor at Large

Within this school year,  Verrado students have seen an increase in smoking and vaping in the bathrooms. Unfortunately, it has become a common sight to see. 3 or 4 girls will go into one stall, and soon smells of cherry or bubblegum fill the air.  

In the girl’s bathroom, student vapers will spend up to 20 minutes in a stall, creating a ripple effect on other students and potentially the whole school. Smoking can set off fire alarms, as it did earlier in the year, disturbing instructional time in classes and taking away class time from students. The most annoying impact of all of this is the long lines in the bathroom. As girls vape in the bathroom stalls, it is often hard to go to the bathroom in between periods and still make it on time to class. A couple of days ago, anyone walking into the restroom found a line of girls outside. This was because Mrs. Bonessi had caught a few students vaping. Students who spent 5 minutes waiting in this line, caused most everyone to be 10 minutes late for class. Depending on the class, if a student misses some notes, it’s hard to understand the class.

After speaking with other students. Out of the 30 people asked, 25 said they were annoyed by vaping in the bathrooms. Three of those people said that it caused problems in their daily life. This impromptu survey proves that vaping has become a real problem at our school. Possible solutions could be increased security at the doors of the bathrooms or a limited number of students inside at a time, this could solve the problem of people hanging out in the stalls together, vaping, and socializing. No one wants to have to go through these restrictions, but most people are willing to if it means they don’t have to wait for a long-time to use the restroom.

Vaping in the restrooms signifies bad behavior in students.  To the students who participate in vaping or smoking of any kind, please consider the impact it has on your peers.  Not only that, but take into account the impact it has on you, your mind, and your body. Short-term stimulation is not as great as a long-term healthy life.