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Anger after students allowed to smoke on school trip


A COLLEGE has come under fire from parents and anti-smoking campaigners after a group of young students were allowed to smoke with staff supervision during a trip abroad.


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« Reply #1 on: Apr 18, 2008, 12:16 »
All part of the dumbing down process which has been going on over the last 20 years.

Teachers are supposed to be there to teach the kids, not to be the children's mates.  :evil:

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« Reply #2 on: Apr 18, 2008, 13:10 »
Although the 16 year old's are not allowed to buy tobacco, they can still smoke it.  Therefore, whats the problem with that?  It's their life and  if a 16 year old wants to kill themselves that's up to them. 

As for the 15 year olds, this is a little naughty.  The college were wrong to let them smoke IMHO. 

We are all painfully aware that 15 year olds smoke as do 14, 13 and 12 year olds and even younger.  However the college has a duty of care and a legal responsibility to make sure that they do not allow the children under the age of 16 to smoke. 

But, what is interesting, what is the law in the country they were in?  If they have a lower age for smoking, are the actually breaking the law?

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Re: Anger after students allowed to smoke on school trip
« Reply #3 on: Apr 18, 2008, 14:59 »
Technically it is not illeagal for young people to smoke, however it is illeagal for them to buy tobacco products under 18 years of age or for someone to supply them.

This is a hard one. Young people being young people would have smoked if they had wanted to and would have found ways to smoke. How much more dangerous could it have been if they had been sneaking off with out any supervision or setting fire to their bedroom?. Whilst not condoning young people smoking for one minute or the staff, I can to some extent, understand the thinking behind their decision. As the report stated 16 out of 200 pupils aged 15 and 16 were allowed to smoke. How many under 15's assuming that they were there also, were sneaking off to smoke or smoking in areas that raised or exposed them to dangers?






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« Reply #4 on: Apr 18, 2008, 15:13 »
Like you guys say, it's a tough call this one.

If they were 'legally' of an age they could smoke, I cant see that anyone can do anything (apart from prosecute the shop/individual who illegally supplied the tabs?)

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