UPDATE (6:23 p.m. on Friday, March 17): West Virginia State Senator Mike Stuart has issued statements after four students were exposed to vaping products this afternoon at Huntington East Middle School.
“Our schools and kids are overwhelmed by these ‘get high’ substances,” Stuart said. “Huntington East Middle School today, four students became ill from exposure to vape products. We need to find out where the products were purchased and, if the establishment sold the products directly to kids, even before the new laws take effect, they should be prosecuted for public nuisance and aiding the delinquency of a minor. The parents probably have actionable suits as well.”
According to Jedd Flowers with Cabell County Schools, three of the students were taken to the hospital after the incident, and the fourth student was taken home. The school was also on a temporary, non-emergency lockdown due to the incident.
UPDATE (4:13 p.m. on Friday, March 17): Jedd Flowers with Cabell County Schools says that three students were hospitalized due to this incident, and one was taken home.
The hospitalized students are in stable condition.
CABELL COUNTY, WV (WOWK)—A lockdown has been lifted after a Huntington East Middle School student was taken to the hospital.
In a statement, Cabell County Schools said that the student is suspected to have used a vape pen containing a marijuana product.
They say that K9 units were brought in to search the school, and the non-emergency lockdown was lifted after they found no drugs.
Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about drug use.