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Students face felony charges, expulsions as Texas schools ramp up fight against vaping

Caught off guard by the increase in teen vaping, schools are grasping every tool at hand, including expulsions and suspensions. In some districts, students can face harsh discipline and jail time for having a vape pen in their backpack.

Thomas Williams-Platt, 18, in the backyard of his aunt’s home in Georgetown on Nov. 22, 2019. Last December the then 17-year-old was arrested for bringing a vape pen to his high school.

Vaping madness

Hard line or helping hand?

Felony trap

Jaquita Wilson-Kirby, Thomas Williams-Platt’s aunt, speaks with his school’s front office to clear up confusion surrounding paperwork due for her 18-year-old nephew to graduate in Georgetown on Nov. 22, 2019.

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