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Westfield High School’s ‘Hidden in Plain Sight: Part Two’ will Teach Parents About Underage Vaping, Drinking

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Westfield High School will host “Hidden in Plain Sight: Part Two” on April 25. Credits: Jill D'Ambrosio
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WESTFIELD NJ — Westfield High School will host “Hidden in Plain Sight: Part Two” on Wednesday, April 25, to educate parents about vaping and drinking among teens. The event will include speakers from the Westfield Police Department, Westfield High School Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson and Director of Guidance Maureen Mazzerese.

Topics such as prom, underage drinking and use of the popular vaping device JUUL will be addressed in the presentation.

“We hope that the parents in the Westfield community attend this special educational event. Please don’t pass up this opportunity,” School Resource Officer Elizabeth Savnik said. “The Westfield Police Department looks forward to being able to assist and educate our community members and families.”

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The event is a follow up to “Hidden in Plain Sight,” a presentation hosted earlier this year for parents about teenage drug use. The event featured DEA agent Timothy McMahon, who spoke and showed a mock teenage bedroom to show where drugs could be hidden. The event touched upon the use of vaping among minors, but parents wanted to learn more on the subject.

“There was a lot of information given to parents, but one of the things that came out of that was the fact that many parents felt like this was the first time they had heard of vaping, or first time they had heard of JUULing,” Principal Nelson said. “We want to make sure we give an opportunity to give a good discussion about this so parents know what some kids are doing here. It would highlight what JUUL cartridges are, what vaping is and give a little rundown of what we’ve seen at the school level.”

The popular e-cigarette JUUL has drawn a large following among minors who use its products illegally. Incidents of teens “JUULing” at Westfield High School have become commonplace, an issue brought to light through the Hi’s Eye piece on JUUL use, which also ran on TAPinto Westfield.

(JUUL Labs said it condemns the use of its products among minors, and that its mission is to eliminate cigarette smoking by offering existing adult smokers an alternative to cigarettes.)

The event will take place from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Westfield High School is located at 550 Dorian Road. Questions about the event can be sent to whsptso@westfieldnjk12.org.

Daniel Han is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.

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