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Colorado School Goes into Lockdown Because… Gravity Bong!


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Adams City High School in Commerce City, Colorado, went into lockdown Friday morning because—wait for it—some kid's gravity bong released a bunch of marijuana smoke into a classroom.

The bong was hidden in a backpack, and started inadvertently releasing smoke, according to The Denver Post:

Adams City High School was put on modified lockdown Friday morning after a student's gravity bong — a device that uses the force of gravity to pull large amounts of cannabis into a chamber — released smoke in a classroom, officials said.

"As a precautionary measure our students were placed on a modified lockdown to limit movement throughout the school," the school said in a release. "School resource officers and nurses are on site as a precautionary measure to address the needs of students if necessary."

The smoke was released about 9:45 a.m. in the Commerce City school, said Breanna Deidel, a spokeswoman for the school district.

"Everybody is safe," Deidel said. "The kid who did it is in the office meeting with the disciplinary team right now."

Marijuana is of course legal in Colorado, although I would still expect a kid who brought it into school to get in some serious trouble. Hopefully, not too serious. Maybe the administrators will be in a mellow mood.

Was a lockdown really necessary, though? Increasingly, schools jump into panic mode over relatively trivial incidents.