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RHS Hosts PA Atty General for Announcement of Juul Lawsuit

February 13, 2020

Radnor High School Hosts Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for Announcement of State Lawsuit Against Vaping Company Juul


State's Top Lawyer Chose RHS to Share the News, Commending the School's Efforts in Combating Teen Vaping

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro spent the morning of February 10 further educating Radnor High School students about the dangers of vaping, first during a presentation in the school's auditorium then through a question-and-answer session in the Library.

Along the way, he announced the state is suing JUUL Labs, the nation's most recognized and profitable vaping manufacturer.

Mr. Shapiro chose RHS for the announcement in part to recognize the steps the district has taken to tackle, as best as possible, a nationwide epidemic affecting millions of adolescents. From parent forums featuring experts to district policy updates to enforcement strategies and informational campaigns in and around district schools (see links below), a concerted effort has been underway for several years in response to vaping's growing popularity among teenagers.

During the announcement of the lawsuit in the auditorium, Mr. Shapiro alleged Juul violated Pennsylvania’s unfair trade practices and consumer protection law; jeopardized the health of Pennsylvanians; and targeted young people with their products. He was accompanied by a poster depicting advertisments for Juul and the tobacco company Kool side-by-side, each ad featuring similar "youthful" imagery.

Members of RHS student government and the school's student ambassadors also stood on stage alongside Mr. Shapiro, and were joined by RHS Principal PT Kevgas, RTSD Superintendent Ken Batchelor, Radnor Police Lieutenant Shawn Dietrich, PA State Senator Katie J. Muth, and PA Representative Todd Stephens, among others. Students taking Social Studies and Health classes at the time of the announcement were also invited to attend with their teachers, resulting in a filled auditorium.

Read more in "The Delaware County Daily Times" here.

"We are proud to have hosted this historic event for our state and for the health of students across the Commonwealth," RHS Principal PT Kevgas said. "Even more so, we are proud of our students for the insightful questions they asked Mr. Shapiro after the announcement in the Library. Whenever we can connect our students with positive opportuntities to engage in 'real world' activities that directly address the issues they face as teenagers, we want to try to facilitate these connections. Our students did not disappoint in their willingness to learn from the experience and we thank Mr. Shapiro for his time, enthusiasm, and honesty."




RTSD: Combating Teen Vaping

Since at least May 2018, Radnor Township School District has provided resources and support to parents and students and taken action to address the national epidemic of vaping among adolescents.  

November 2019

Radnor High School Video Production Class Releases Vaping PSAs
Students in the Radnor High School Video Production II class produced a total of nine public services announcements (PSAs) addressing the dangers of vaping. 

October 31, 2019

Taking Proactive Steps to Combat Teen Vaping
In a message sent to all Radnor High School families, RHS administration is outlined the expectations and consequences of vaping on school property per district policy. The message also discussed plans for vaping PSAs produced by Video Production classes and lessons about the dangers of vaping in 9th- and 10th-grade Health classes.

October 18, 2019

Radnor High School Hosts “Vaping, It’s Not Just a Mist”
Dozens of parents and community members learned about the dangers, signs, and tools of vaping at an information session presented by the Radnor High School Alliance for Safe Kids. "Vaping: It's Not Just A Mist" featured presenters Linda Schanne, chair of the Radnor Board of Health and Clinical Nurse Educator at Bryn Mawr Hospital, and Michael Blanche, a clinical social worker and expert in the field of prevention. Together, the experts provided a comprehensive review of vaping and associated facts and advice for families. Prior to the formal presentation, attendees were invited to view sample vaping devices, including JUUL, and related paraphernalia.

September 15, 2019

Message from the Superintendent: Stop Vaping
In a message to all Radnor High School and Radnor Middle School families, RTSD is Superintendent Ken Batchelor informed parents of an advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for all individuals to immediately stop smoking e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. The message also included notice of District Policy 222, Use of Tobacco and Electronic Smoking Products and a reminder about the results of the 2017 PA Youth Survey.

May 24, 2019

Message from the Superintendent: PA Youth Survey
A message was posted to the district website, www.RTSD.org, addressing the results of the 2017 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) results from Radnor High School. The message stated, “The 2017 survey results reported higher use of vape devices than the state and national rates for our 8th, 10th and 12th graders and a higher rate than the state of vaping marijuana concentrate or hash oil for our 10th and 12th graders. We have already begun tackling this issue through various informational campaigns for students and parents as well as preventive measures put into place at our schools.”

March 26, 2019

Update to Use of Tobacco and Electronic Smoking Products Policy
The RTSD School Board approved updates to Policy 222, Use of Tobacco and Electronic Smoking Products, concerning vaping and e-cigarettes for adoption and implementation at its monthly meeting. Accompanying Administration Regulations were also approved. The policy was first adopted in 2008.

October 12, 2018

Radnor High School Hosts “Teen Vaping and Substance Abuse”
The RHS parent group Alliance for Safe Kids hosted a meeting focused on "Teen Vaping and Substance Usage," A speaker with experience in drug counseling presented to parents and RHS Assistant Principal Brett Thomas displayed examples of various vaping devices and cartridges and answered questions.

May 21, 2018

Radnor Township Police Department Hosts “Vaping & Teens: Facts and Fiction”
With support from RTSD, Radnor Township Police Department provided information to students, faculty, parents and community members in a presentation that included remarks from Linda Schanne MSN, RN-C, CE, and Radnor Police Superintendent Christopher Flanagan.