Schools in the United States are implementing HALO Smart sensors and cameras to track down students that are vaping and using electronic cigarettes.
It all began when a student at a Texas high school was caught in, threatening her the possibility of expulsion. Aaliyah Iglesias was the president of the student council and was about to walk the down the aisle to graduate but all of this was at a high risk due to her smoking habits at school.
Surveillance equipment was installed in school, which led to students getting caught with electronic cigarettes. This all took place without informing them
During the COVID19 pandemic, schools installed HALO Smart Sensors which could detect the quality of the air in schools. After the pandemic the sensors were marketed to detect smoke coming from cigarettes, vapes, electronic cigarettes, or THC. The other bright side of the HALO is that it can also detect gunshot sounds and specific keywords that students use while bullying.
It is a nice gesture of schools to protect their students and take safety measures regarding harmful acts. In this case the harmful act is smoking. On the spectrum of harmful acts, smoking falls before carrying weapons and using them. Why aren’t schools focusing on the bigger harmful acts rather than the ones the could be solved on point.
Both actions are harmful, but one carries more weight than the other. Since smoking in high school threatened the future of the student in her in school activities, graduation, and university experience, what about carrying weapon and gun shooting? Wouldn’t this action threat not only the future of a student but also their life?
If schools want to implement actions and rules that affect the lives of their students, then how about they begin with the most important one which is protecting their students against guns since the HALO is able to detect gunshot sounds.
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