OPS, DCPS to consider joining lawsuit against e-cig giant Juul

OPS, DCPS to consider joining lawsuit against Juul

DAVIESS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Two Tri-State school districts want to protect their students from the health risks of vaping.

Superintendents from Daviess County and Owensboro Public Schools are considering legal action against Juul Labs Incorporated.

“We really feel like it’s a huge danger to their detrimental health and as well as their education," says Daviess County Public Schools Superintendent Matt Robbins. “Our damages really would result in lost educational time. Lost opportunity for us to be in front of our children because of some disruption related to these devices.”

The superintendents say the districts would be alleging that Juul vaping products have caused “a significant interruption in the educational process.”

“We had first noticed in the last two years for sure how large a problem the vaping has been with our students," says Owensboro Public Schools Interim Superintendent Doctor Matthew Constant.

But, Constant says school districts in this community are not the only ones concerned.

“Hearing about the potential lawsuit that other school districts are sort of joining in on, we began to take note of that also," said Constant. “Our board of education is very passionate about this.”

Constant says if the school districts decide to take legal action they will be joining six other school boards in the commonwealth.

“This is a recommendation that both superintendents are bringing to their board," Robbins says. “However, they may or may not choose to accept our recommendation. Wouldn’t be the first, probably wouldn’t be the last.”

Robbins says if they file a lawsuit, their goal would not be to get money. He says their main focus is getting regulations put in place.

“Our endeavor in life is safety first and we feel like this is an unsafe product that is too easily marketable and placed in the hands of children and there ought to be preventions and precautions taken against it," said Robbins.

Daviess County Public Schools will have a meeting on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. to decide whether or not to proceed with legal action. Owensboro Public Schools will have a similar meeting scheduled for Jan. 23.

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