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Western Kentucky school installing vape sensors in bathrooms

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Posted at 12:08 PM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 12:08:29-05

PADUCAH, Ky. (LEX 18) — A western Kentucky school district has taken new measures to deter students from vaping.

Paducah Middle School has decided to install new sensors in the bathrooms to detect if students are using vaping devices.

If set off, an alert will be sent to an administrator's phone identifying which bathroom to check.

Students will not hear the alarm going off.

"We can respond in a situation that warrants immediate attention," said Troy Brock, director of Pupil Personnel. "It also means we can identify students who may be vaping and we can provide assistance to those students to make them aware of the dangers of vaping."

The sensors can also measure noise levels and may help deal with any potential bullying.

The school superintendent said that he is also open to the possibility of installing sensors in the high school bathrooms.