Schools to join lawsuit against Juul
The Wareham Public Schools will be joining a mass lawsuit against Juul, the maker of nicotine vapes popular among teens.
At the June 17 School Committee meeting, Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood explained that the lawsuit will not cost the district anything unless it is successful, at which point the law firm would take a percentage of the settlement.
Vapes have been an issue in Wareham Schools. Shortly before the pandemic, High School Principal Scott Palladino had two vape detectors installed in the main bathrooms at the school. Those detectors ring in at about $5,000 each.
If the suit is successful, Shaver-Hood said the funds would go toward vape detectors, counselors, and educational specialists to help students understand the dangers of vaping.
The School Committee approved joining the lawsuit with a unanimous vote.