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“It was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen."
Matthew Gilchrist, Staff Writer
Does Herriman High School have a drug problem? I'd have to say we do—and if not drugs: vaping, another extremely popular pastime of students. About a year ago, vape companies around the U.S. started releasing a new variety of juice called cannabidiol, or CBD for short. CBD is an inactive chemical compound found in marijuana. A common misunderstanding is that CBD produces a high, but it does not. The vape companies that sell CBD often add K2 spice, a type of synthetic marijuana, in order to sell more product. K2 is a synthetic cannabinoid, meaning it has properties similar to marijuana, but has way more dangerous side effects such as psychotic symptoms, hallucinations, kidney damage, heart attacks, and seizures. Also, unlike normal marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids are often very addictive.
Recently at Herriman High, there was an incident of a student being intoxicated at school, who we have opted not to name at this time in order to protect their identity. Josh, a sophomore who was at the incident, said “It was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen.” Another student working as an attendance aide at the time said, “I went to give a teacher a note and I saw some kid running up and down the hall. Mr. Denton was trying to stop him but it wasn’t working so the hall monitors had to go get him.” The student in question was eventually apprehended and brought to the attendance office. The attendance office had to call his legal guardian and also the police. Shortly after, the administration called down the suspected supplier. He claimed that while he sold the person CBD, he didn’t know it was laced with so much spice.
Later that week the administration sent out an email to all the teachers in the school warning them to keep an eye out for their students vaping. This reaction is too little, too late, because over three years the the high school, I have seen people vaping constantly. Conor, an editor of Telegraph, said “I see people vaping all the time, even inside the building.” One student said, “It’s ridiculous that it took them this long to really notice and the only thing they do is send an email! If they really cared about [the vaping issue] that much they’d actually do something about it.”
This incident has raised the question, what other drugs have the administration missed around Herriman? Other schools around Utah, specifically within the Jordan School District, have a nickname for Herriman: Heroin High School. It’s about time we see some changes.