Police investigate vaping sales in schools

An investigation was launched after vape pens were reportedly sold at a middle school and high school, the Commissioner of Education confirmed last night.

Kalmar Richards said a number of agencies were involved in the inquiries that focused on Dellwood Middle School and CedarBridge Academy.

It is understood an adult had given the smokeless devices to a pupil, asking the child to sell them. Ms Richards said: “These are very serious incidents of which the Department of Education has requested detailed reports from each school.

“We can further confirm that the Bermuda Police Service were notified and an investigation has commenced.

“As this matter is under investigation by the BPS, the Department and Ministry of Education, and other relevant agencies, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Vape pens are a form of electronic cigarettes in which a flavoured liquid is heated to give off a vapour. They have soared in popularity in recent years with people trying to give up smoking.

Diallo Rabain, the Minister of Education, said last night that “preliminary investigation” had shown that an adult passed on vaping pens to a student to sell at Dellwood.

He added: “We’ve subsequently learnt that the same adult had passed vaping pens to a student at CedarBridge Academy and asked for the same thing.

“We’re in the process of collecting the data to see exactly what has gone on.”

A BPS spokesman said last night: “Police officers attended Dellwood Middle School and CedarBridge Academy today after Dellwood and CedarBridge school officials reported confiscating a quantity of e-cigarette-type devices that were allegedly being sold by one student at each school to their respective peers.”

Anyone with information was asked to call 295-0011.

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Published Apr 11, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Apr 11, 2019 at 6:45 am)

Police investigate vaping sales in schools

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