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2019-11-06 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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Oh, look at my snowflake!

An Indiana teen claims he was expelled from his high school after he reportedly went to the school nurse when he fell ill after vaping, according to a local report.

Kegan Houck, a former freshman at Owen Valley High School in Spencer, told RTV6 Indianapolis that he felt dizzy and nauseated after using his friend’s vaping device in the school restroom on Sept. 30.

So let's see....

Kid goes and smokes in the bathroom (let's cut the crap, that's what he was doing.)

Smoking (anything) by minors is prohibited.  In school or elsewhere.

Possession of weed -- and tobacco -- is also prohibited to minors.

The vape device was apparently recovered and had THC (marijuana) in it.

But it didn't just have marijuana in it; it also had an adulterant in it that severely damaged the kid's lungs.

Was the adulterant identified?  Not that we know.  But it would be nice to know.  I'm willing to bet, by the way, that if he really did hit his friend's THC-laden device that either (1) it was brand new, never before used, or his friend would also be sitting in the hospital right now or (2) he's lying.

One hit off these things could implicate this sort of event but then it's probably full of anti-fungals, as I've pointed out, which decompose into cyanide and pool acid when heated.  Both of these are a pretty good way to kill yourself accidentally -- I say accidentally because nobody in their right mind would intentionally inhale either.

So where did the cartridge come from?

And what contaminants are in it?

It's not the THC that screwed the kid's lungs.

“How are we supposed to tell our children if you have a medical problem, even [if] it is smoking a vape in school, and I understand he did wrong by doing that, but we are teaching them don’t go to school officials, don’t go to the nurse, because you could get in trouble,” she said.

The High School I went to had very clear rules on such things.  Getting caught with alcohol, tobacco or drugs of any sort other than those prescribed to you was likely to lead to your expulsion.

Of course the operative clause there was "likely."  As in "more likely than not."  Some people got expelled and others did not.  The process by which one did or did not was not objective and more than a few times it was fairly conclusively shown that the "did not" cases involved what amounted to bribery or worse (typically by the parents.)  Before you scream "foul" realize that this provided a very useful lesson to all of us in said school, because that is exactly what goes on the "real world".

In addition while there were plenty of kids who smoked cigarettes there were also plenty who smoked weed too, and the logic on that was pretty simple: Since the penalty for both was the same if you got caught you may as well get stoned.

The lessons that experience taught as one of the "not caught, and thus not expelled" were quite instructive and useful to me throughout life.  They are probably not the sort of "lessons" that many people who were in the administration there at the time would like to see taught, but my view of that (and those people) is "**** 'em" -- you taught the lesson, now you reap the consequences, whether for good or bad.  If you didn't like what I learned then maybe you should have considered teaching something different.

As for this kid I have little sympathy, since he did it, got caught, and differential "justice" is a fact of life -- but I do have some practical advice.  Go get a GED and then drive by the school with your middle finger out the window on a regular basis.  Since the school was more-interested in expelling you than running down exactly what was in that cartridge that nearly killed you and where it came from, which ought to have led to immediate felony assault (e.g. attempted manslaughter) charges against everyone involved in the making and distribution of said device you have every reason to take retributive action consistent with whatever level of sensibility you may have toward everyone involved.

Whether that retributive action is legal or whether it exposes you to further sanction, and whether that sanction, if any, is worth it is a question only you can answer.

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