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Underage tobacco use prompts new citation policy at Westfield High School

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Posted at 4:35 PM, Oct 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-01 16:35:33-04

WESTFIELD, Ind -- Administrators at Westfield High School are cracking down on teenagers who are caught with tobacco products at school.

On September 29, administrators posted the following warning on the school’s Facebook page: 

“Effective immediately WFPD will be issuing citations to all juveniles found in possession of any tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes. The citation will require students to appear in court with a parent or guardian as well as pay the associated fine and court costs.”

The announcement was met with questions online as some asked whether had already been enforcing the law by issuing citations to minors found in possession of tobacco products. It is already illegal for individuals younger than 18 to use tobacco products.

According to the student handbook for the 2017-2018 school year, possessing, using, and transmitting tobacco products are grounds for suspension or exclusion. On the first offense, a student will receive two to three days of suspension. On the second offense, the student will be sent home for five days. On the third offense, the student will be subject to ten days suspension with a recommendation that they are suspended. 

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