Cenla agencies look to fight 'not my kid' mentality when it comes to vaping

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Vaping is the newest challenge for Rapides Parish Schools.

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"Do I see people doing it, all the time," said ASH senior Peyton Andries.

"I've heard of it and seen it in school," said ASH freshman Karley Kitchen.

Seven schools held vaping assemblies this week. Students had to listen to how it could affect their bodies and their life.

"For high schools for grades 9-12, on the first offense it is 30 days at RAPPS," said ASH Assistant Principal Sons Pathoumthong. "It also comes with a drug test, because our students are able to get their hands on THC, which they can use in their electronic cigarette."

When it was time to share the same information with parents Monday night at city hall, Steered Straight founder Michael DeLeon wasn't surprised when only a few parents came.

"Parent academies they are called in all 50 states," DeLeon said. "It is not Louisiana, it wasn't Alexandria, it is everywhere I go. Parents are just not engaged in the educational importance of understanding drugs and alcohol, they are just not."

The city, school board and other partners advertised the parent academy last week.

"We sent out somewhere around 10,000 flyers to schools that were participating in the assembly," said Drug-Free Schools Coordinator Shewanda Powell. "We also posted on the city of Alexandria's website."

DeLeon said 60 percent of the battle is educating kids, 40 percent is parents. But, he hopes parents will start taking an interest.

"They think it is not going to be their kid, it won't be my kid," DeLeon said. "But, that is the three dangerous words, not my kid."

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