Heroin Overdosed Centereach High School

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Cheryl Dean

Fort Edward, NY

#1 Jan 5, 2009
Cheryl was new at Centereach High School, when a senior introduced her to Heroin. Please look up www.ourwall.net click on computers, click on Cheryl Dean, 2nd column. Cheryl still lives in the nursing home and I visit her everday. If I never sent her to Centereach High School this would of never happened.
why

White Plains, NY

#2 Jan 5, 2009
I'm so sorry for your heartache.Do you really feel CHS did this to her?If you kept her in another school do you think she would have taken a different route in life?This scares me to death for my children.I think I will continue private school as long as I possibly can.The drugs are so out of control in Middle Country Schools it's not even a joke.God bless you and your daughter,
cheryl deab

Fort Edward, NY

#3 Jan 5, 2009
Yes she was new in the school, only 16 and a senior talked her into it. She wrote in her journal she was afraid of him. If I had to do it over again I would send my children to a private school or home school them.
why wrote:
I'm so sorry for your heartache.Do you really feel CHS did this to her?If you kept her in another school do you think she would have taken a different route in life?This scares me to death for my children.I think I will continue private school as long as I possibly can.The drugs are so out of control in Middle Country Schools it's not even a joke.God bless you and your daughter,
Parent

Bronx, NY

#4 Jan 6, 2009
This was years ago - correct?
Cheryl Dean

Fort Edward, NY

#5 Jan 6, 2009
Yes it happened 10 years ago.
Parent wrote:
This was years ago - correct?
wow

White Plains, NY

#6 Jan 6, 2009
10 years later and the school is worse.My gosh why don't they have control?There needs to be a zero tolerance rule in effect here.You do drugs at school,get caught,your gone simple.I couldnt imagine sending my kid there.I have to pay all these taxes plus a high tuition to keep my kids safe.Something is wrong with this picture
cheryls mom

Fort Edward, NY

#7 Jan 7, 2009
Mr. Derago was the principle at the time. Also Dr. Leshin. I went to both of them and pleaded with them to help me. Lou Daimon was the senior who got her started on heroin. She was only 16 and new in the school. If only I homed schooled her. Of couse the school is going to stay its our fault. Poor Cheryl, she still can't talk, walk, move legs arms or hands and is blind. I visit her everday in the nursing home and had to move upstate to be near her. Thank-you for caring
wow wrote:
10 years later and the school is worse.My gosh why don't they have control?There needs to be a zero tolerance rule in effect here.You do drugs at school,get caught,your gone simple.I couldnt imagine sending my kid there.I have to pay all these taxes plus a high tuition to keep my kids safe.Something is wrong with this picture
Parent

Bronx, NY

#8 Jan 7, 2009
Unbelievable - As sick as it may sound - Maybe school field trips should be to nursing homes and hospitals to see what can happen - They don't seem afraid to die - Maybe something like this would finally scare them straight - So sorry for your pain. God Bless.
Cherys Mom

Fort Edward, NY

#9 Jan 7, 2009
Thank-you for understanding. I do take Cheryl home for visits and to the mall and movies in her wheelchair. I wanted to bring her to a high school in the neighborhood in her wheelchair to show kids what can happen, but the school said no. I think they don't want to admit they have a drug problem in their school.
Parent wrote:
Unbelievable - As sick as it may sound - Maybe school field trips should be to nursing homes and hospitals to see what can happen - They don't seem afraid to die - Maybe something like this would finally scare them straight - So sorry for your pain. God Bless.
Cara

Syosset, NY

#10 Sep 7, 2009
This is so scary. I was a class member of Cheryl's and she is vaguely familiar to me. I'm so sorry that such a tragedy had to happen to you. As students, most of us were fully aware of the rampant drug problem at CHS but - as mere children - we could either look the other way or succumb to the pressure. Shame on the administration for not taking a more aggressive role in helping you (though I can't say this surprises me). What further concerns me is that I have a niece who is coming up through the district now and will be in the middle school in 3 years. Again, I am so sorry that you've gone through such pain and loss.(((Hugs)))
Cara Gundersen CHS Class of 1997
Gorgon

Jersey City, NJ

#11 Mar 12, 2010
I went to Centereach during these years, and the heroin problem there was getting pretty bad. And I remember Lou Daimon very well. I believe he wound up dying of a heart attack in his sleep. I remember a lot of the people who hung with and around Lou, and they were a bad crowd.
pdj

United States

#12 Mar 12, 2010
Cherys Mom wrote:
Thank-you for understanding. I do take Cheryl home for visits and to the mall and movies in her wheelchair. I wanted to bring her to a high school in the neighborhood in her wheelchair to show kids what can happen, but the school said no. I think they don't want to admit they have a drug problem in their school.
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...Oh my GOD!!!...This (so-called) "school" refused a chance for an entire student-body to receive an actual education about the real consequences of drugs? Why would the administration not want to jump on a chance like this, a chance that just one kid might listen and be saved in the process? Are they afraid of upsetting some person's sensibilities?
Well, maybe it's time we SHOULD start upsetting somebody!!! Those,(ahem!)..."educator s" need an education in simple reality, a remedial course in plain old common sense!
I believe that the only GOOD that one could possibly gain from sharing this poor girl's (and her family's) tragic, heart-rending experience is to allow these poor people's nightmare to be examined by our young people, and allow them to make up their own minds through the experiences of their PEERS!...and if it could possibly save even one kid, it's worth making people feel "uncomfortable"...
We don't have to make up slogans, or those stupid public-service spots on TV about eggs, and of course "just say no"...or lie...
I cannot, for the life of me, understand the school administration's position on this, or what could POSSIBLY be wrong with allowing her mom to bring her to the school to share her tragic story...now THAT is learning.
Rich

Killeen, TX

#13 Jun 28, 2010
Yeah I went to CHS some 6 yrs ago and am now a Police Officer. Im speaking from experience when I say drugs are everywhere. It's an unfortunate situation, but you can't blame a school alone for your kids problems in life. At the end of the day SHE did the drugs, it was HER choice to do it. I'm no angel myself and by all means learned from my mistakes growing up. I agree the school should have done more. However to blame the school for everything is just stupid and foolish.
Jen

Scarsdale, NY

#14 Jul 4, 2010
My heart goes out to you Cheryl. I graduated from CHS in the 70's and drugs were just starting in schools back then. We knew who the kids were and we stayed away, but today you can't tell because it is so out of control. Maybe this district and all the schools in this country should bring the alternative high school program back for the kids that are one step away from jail. These kids shouldn't be in our high school mingling and bullying with good kids. These schools spend so much money on testing and we get so competitive to get our kids into college. We should reset our priorites because in a heartbeat our children's lives can be ruined by just 1 kid. My children are grown now, but I worry for my nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and all children.
notjustpublicsch ools

Canada

#15 Jan 5, 2011
Look I know a lot of bad things have happened to more then just one public highschool ..not just centereach, newfield, sachem. Just because certain stories and opinions are posted most people commenting on them went to that highschool or know someone who did and that's what blows it up into "just that highschool" but the truth is even private schools are involved with drugs ..whether there have been dealths or not obv anyone in public schools unless they know someone who went to private school has no idea ab deaths in private schools bc we don't know them ..but there is a lot of drug use and bad behaviour within private schools ..pleanty of kids that got kicked out and sent back to public schools ..u can't blame in on the schools ..kids are going to do what they want when they want ..they're going to make their own decisions and learn from them ..they best any parent can do is be a 100% support system for their child and try to have the most honest relationship so they'll open up with you what's going on and you can help them ..most kids cry for help without their parents noticing ..everyone has to start worrying ab themselves and their families and that's it ..making ill comments isn't going to stop the issues going on ..actions will they speak louder than works!

“pffft”

Since: Jan 11

blue point.

#16 Jan 5, 2011
There's going to be a rehab in William Floyd soon.

Since: Sep 10

Clarksville, TN

#17 Jan 5, 2011
Cheryl Dean wrote:
Cheryl was new at Centereach High School, when a senior introduced her to Heroin. Please look up www.ourwall.net click on computers, click on Cheryl Dean, 2nd column. Cheryl still lives in the nursing home and I visit her everday. If I never sent her to Centereach High School this would of never happened.
you cannot blame yourself for sending to that school. who knows maybe samething would have somewhere else. Only God knows why it happened.

Since: Sep 10

Clarksville, TN

#18 Jan 5, 2011
Cherys Mom wrote:
Thank-you for understanding. I do take Cheryl home for visits and to the mall and movies in her wheelchair. I wanted to bring her to a high school in the neighborhood in her wheelchair to show kids what can happen, but the school said no. I think they don't want to admit they have a drug problem in their school.
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Maybe a trip to the ER or morgue to see first hand what drugs do.
mommy29

Ravena, NY

#19 Jan 5, 2011
i am very sorry for the way things happen. that school district was always bad with drugs most schools on long island were and i believe it is everywhere you go private schools are just as bad for us moms i just wish there was something we could do to make sure that our children or family or loved ones for that matter would never try these things
Really

Stratford, CT

#20 Jan 19, 2011
OidiotO wrote:
There's going to be a rehab in William Floyd soon.
Thanks for posting this...But, the school is trying to do something to protect kids, and maybe save a life in the process. It's not REHAB, it's anti-drug counseling. Yeah, there may be a stigma about having this done on school property, but; I would rather have this, than have a child overdose. You are just another Shirley basher. Maybe you once lived here, and now live in beautiful Blue Point (no drug problems there, wink wink).

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