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Principal forfeits volleyball game as vaping punishment

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Posted at 5:55 PM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-17 20:00:41-04

ORDWAY — Crowley County Junior/Senior High School's principal is getting attention for how he handled students vaping.

Last week, the principal made the decision along with the athletic director, coaches, and superintendent to forfeit the volleyball team's game against Rocky Ford.

"It was one of those situations where really good kids were making some poor decisions, and our volleyball coach addressed it and nothing came forward," Bradon Roe, the school's principal said.

The more they dug into it, the more they realized it wasn't an isolated incident, and volleyball athletes were vaping on school buses and locker rooms.

"We wanted to make sure it was a growing experience for them and that moving forward that we're all on the same page and we're excited and we want them to be successful," Roe said.

The challenges with students vaping aren't just for volleyball players, Roe says a couple of football players were suspended after getting caught with vaping devices that they voluntarily gave up.

Roe says because they discovered those athletes with the devices they suspended them, but if they learn about the team vaping similar to the volleyball team, they will also punish the team the same.

"We know it's not just the volleyball team, the volleyball team's just the one that kind of the fall for it because of their actions and their decisions on the bus and in the locker rooms and things like that," Roe said.

The principal says he's gotten responses from people across the nation praising him for the decision.