The school committee last night approved a controversial
pilot program, which will begin March 12 and last through the
first semester of the next school year.
Parents, teachers, administrators and students at
Plymouth South told committee members that tougher measures
are needed reduce tobacco use at the school.
"A lot of kids smoke, but the majority don't. Yet
they're still affected on a daily basis by smoking," said
Jillian Spangler, a junior. "We need a change. The threat
of detention doesn't work. These fines will hit kids where it
hurts the most."
Students caught using tobacco on school grounds, in
school vehicles or at school-sponsored functions will either
pay a $50 fine or receive eight days' detention with parent
PLYMOUTH STUDENT SMOKERS FACE $100 FINES
Brockton (MA) Enterprise
Feb 27, 2001
Students caught smoking at Plymouth South High School will
soon face fines of up to $100 or up to 12 days of extended
The pilot program, believed to be the first in the region,
was voted by the School Committee Monday for implementation
on March 12 only at Plymouth South, one of the two public
high schools in town.
"Smoking in our school is out of control," said Jillian
Spangler, a member of the school's Student Council.
She said the money collected in fines should be used to
repair student bathrooms, where toilet seats resemble burned
ashtrays, and walls are permeated with smoke.
"Fines really hit students where it hurts the most," she