For the first time ever, last school year Seattle Public Schools filled the safe in which they keep drug-related items confiscated from students. And they filled one new cabinet.
As of mid-May 2014, Seattle Public Schools data show that 758 drug/alcohol violations were reported. Violations increased between mid-May and the end of the school year, especially around prom and graduation. (Data for the entire 2013-14 school year is not yet available.) Among the violations, 107 were alcohol offenses and 651 were drug offenses -- 98% of which involved marijuana, mostly alone but some in combination with other drugs. Violations took place at all three levels: 3 were in elementary school, 204 were in middle school, and 551 were in high school.
Another first: last school year was the first time that vaporizing devices for nicotine and/or THC were confiscated. Edible marijuana products that were bought, not baked at home, also were confiscated. Marijuana-infused items included lollipops and candy bars likely produced for the medical marijuana market. Some students who ate marijuana-infused foods overdosed on them while at school.
Below are some of the "vape pens" and edibles confiscated.