BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (WTVG) - Bowling Green High School students caught vaping will face stiffer penalties this upcoming school year.
"There is a problem," Principal Jeff Dever said. "We had one kid do it in class."
According to the FDA, Vaping is behind the first increase in teen tobacco use in more than a decade.
"I wouldn't be doing by job if I didn't try to stop it," said Dever.
Last school year, nearly 40 students were suspended five days for vaping.
Starting in the fall, Dever says they are adding new, stricter punishments. Along with five day suspension, if students are caught vaping a second time, they will be suspended for seven days and required to take an educational class on the dangers of vaping. Dever says that a third offense could be possible expulsion.
"I think parents are behind us. Parents don't want their kinds doing it."
A report by the FDA shows that teen e-cig use jumped 900% from 2011 to 2015. For some students, it can become addictive as early as middle school. With flavors such as strawberry and watermelon, Dever said it's easy to see the appeal for kids.
"We want kids to know that there is danger here."
Dever adds the new penalties won't stop students from getting their hands on the vapes products, but hopes it will stop vaping while in school.
"We owe it to their parents, families, and themselves not to allow that kind of stuff."