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Young woman found dead in Seaford garage

Sample letter to the BOE I write to you today to ask your assistance in addressing the rapidly escalating prevalence of heroin abuse among students in our district. While this problem is not, by far, unique to our area, it remains an issue in our community that needs to be proactively addressed. How serious is it? * Several substance abuse intake coordinators and treaters across Long Island report a rapid rise in the use in inhaled heroin and other opioids over the last few years among adolescents. What is troubling is many of these kids are not yet 14 years old * Law enforcement officials, specifically, Lt. Detective Andrew Fal, Commander, Nassau County Vice and Narcotics Squad have confirmed that heroin and other drugs are readily procurable in the immediate vicinity of the high school building. * Escalating drug use can and will be followed by an increase in robberies, and other crimes, as the users will seek to fund their escalating needs Our district can and must assume a responsibility toward the following to help stop this epidemic. That is what several drug treatment centers are now calling it. Please work with me to obtain the following support for our community: * Education of parents and teachers on the signs and symptoms of opioid use and withdrawal * Education of parents and teachers on signs of drugs dealing (high traffic in front of homes, etc) * Educate parents on the signs and symptoms of drug abuse * Request undercover police personnel in and outside the middle and high school buildings to arrest drug sellers * Demand that police aggressively enforce quality of life statutes around our schools and community: trespassing, loitering, vandalism, petty thefts are all signs of trouble * Ask police to aggressively prosecute the "host" laws Thanking you in advance for your attention to this matter,  (Sep 4, 2008 | post #458)

Massapequa, NY

Young woman found dead in Seaford garage

PS. God speed.  (Sep 4, 2008 | post #457)

Massapequa, NY

Young woman found dead in Seaford garage

Hello there Sorry for the delay in posting, I have been on the road for work! My meeting with the BOE was pretty successful because I had the good luck of going to a board meeting that included a presentation of findings from a security consultant. The fact that people in school administration were not aware of drusg being sold in the school was a question of poor training and those guys only confirmed it. so the BOE says they will correct this. I sure hope so, but we have to give them a chance. What I recommend is that you request meetings with your PTA and NCPD officials..also, Massapequa is having YES program to increase awareness among parents on October 20..details to follow, but perhaps you could suggest that some people in your place come, too. I will be presenting some data at that program, as far as I know :) Also, mobilize people in your community to write the BOE, the NCPD and Suozzi and Rice to demand more enforcement of quality of life issues (vagrancy, loitering, trespassing, panhandling etc) because signs of those are signs of trouble.. i can post a sample if you want  (Sep 4, 2008 | post #456)

Massapequa, NY

Young woman found dead in Seaford garage

PS. Congratulations on your recovery and continued peace  (Aug 31, 2008 | post #451)

Massapequa, NY

Young woman found dead in Seaford garage

Thanks for this. I wish we could get folks like yout to speak to the kids at the local schools. Are you interested? Btw, people around here still seem to refuse to believe the "flooded " part..where are you getting your numbers from or anecdotes so I can use them?  (Aug 31, 2008 | post #450)

Massapequa, NY

SEAFORD: Five teens arraigned in robbery beating of two

Really? There are loitering laws on the books and the need to get enforced. Parents are not agents of the law. Or are you saying parents should supervise their own kids more effectively? Because if you are, while I wholeheartedly agree with you, it is a non sequitur to my above point.  (Aug 10, 2008 | post #87)

Massapequa, NY

Young woman found dead in Seaford garage

Just an update to those who live in the Massapequa area...and even to those who don't..because maybe something of this can be applied to where you live. I attended the school board meeting yesterday evening. A security consulting company had apparently been contracted to do a "lay of the land" survey a couple of years and thankfully, one of the things they noted was that the school district and the local law enforcement officials need to communicate more effectively..also that there needs to be better training of teachers in emergent situations. Another recommendation was to develop a zero tolerance atmosphere in school buildings through the use of drug detecting canines. The board received these recommendations enthusiastically, and made some other sensible suggestions. I personaloly favor undercoverpolice to dogs. DOgs cannot arrest people and I want dealers arrested. I also want kids who sell in schools going to juvie. Sorry. It is a place of learning and if they don't like going off to juvie, they shouldn't sell! ALso, I spoke to the heroin issue and Superintendent Sulc and the board are happy to develop parental education programs. The YES program is already in place, but I think going to the PTA meetings to share learnings and observationswill be more effective. They are also interested in the idea of a "Living and Government" course for high schoolers, with mandatory community service. I don't know if it will be approved, or even put to a vote, but a first step is a first step. If these kids complain that they are bored, they will soon be given some excitement to keep them busy if all goes well. I will be working closely with Superintendent Sulc and the YES program in the near (next month) future. I encourage all of you with concerns and ideas to come forward. The security company has echoed to the board a lot of what many of you have said, and it did not fall on deaf ears. Please come to the next board meeting to state your concerns and look out for the YES meetings too. I will ask Mr.Sulc and the BOE to pu tthe dates and times of any drug awareness outreach sessions to parents on the district web pages. Finally, I do want to emphasize that no matter what I do, or the schools and law enforcement officials do, parents need to help out at home. Demand more of your kids. Demand that they not pass, but excel in school. Demand that they learn the value of hard work, intellectual curiosity, and that they give back to hose less fortunate than themselves. I know it is hard. And for God's sake, don't leave them alone when you go away. Kids, demand more of yourselves. You can do it. Others can, why can't you? Adopting ghetto clothes and a ghetto attitude will, guess what? Get you in the ghetto! You are judged, sad to say, by the way you speak and look. Mostly by the former, by certainly also by the latter. And if you think you can handle living in a ghetto and all that entails, contact me, and I will drop you off near the East New York projects for a couple of hours. You will soon stand corrected. Anyway, enough of all that. Enjoy your weekend folks and please help where you can.  (Aug 8, 2008 | post #448)

Massapequa, NY

Teen recalls heroin addiction and road to recovery

You are right about the medicine cabinet...people should keep their opioids locked up and out of sight of teens and other at risk people. Keep the key on your person and don't let it out of your sight. Kids think "pharm" parties are safe...they aren't. Kids die from ODs there too. And as you say, before long, they are buying heroin in Brooklyn. Except now they can get $7 bags right here at home. It amazes me that so many don't understand that school personnel need to be properly trained to detect deals and kids that are using. Having the personnel isn't enough. They need to know what to look for. I wish you and your son all the best in your long road ahead.  (Jul 30, 2008 | post #28)

Massapequa, NY

Teen recalls heroin addiction and road to recovery

You and your daughter are in my thoughts and prayers tonight. May both of you find the peace you seek.  (Jul 27, 2008 | post #22)

Massapequa, NY

Teen recalls heroin addiction and road to recovery

I guess by now you've gotten a bit of an education..the trouble is that these kids come from all over. Even parents who are involved with them. Once the drug gets them, they are changed forever. You deal with it your way, I will deal with it mine. One way I would like to see the kids benefit is to be given more, and not less, responsibility, maybe through mandatory community service. Another way is to make sure the smart ones are challenged in school. And still another way is to keep the scum away from them. Your kids will do drugs if they feel there is nothing better for them to do. and at $7 a hit, it is cheaper than going to the movies. You still think that's ok and should be a parent's and not society's problem? I don't. I want to see law enforcement enforce, and schools actually deciding they will take a stand instead of ignoring the problem as if it did not exist. It is society that is left holding the bag. Let's proactively do something for a change!  (Jul 27, 2008 | post #21)

Massapequa, NY

Teen recalls heroin addiction and road to recovery

We can make it harder for them than it is now. Much harder....we need to follow the NYC model. Quality of life arrests (loitering, soliciting, vandalism, petty thefts) will grab a lot of these folks off the streets...and will doubtless catch many with outstanding warrants. Enforcing loitering laws will keep the dealers off the streets and out of parks and schools. And so on....  (Jul 27, 2008 | post #16)

Massapequa, NY

Teen recalls heroin addiction and road to recovery

Thank goodness is right. But we can do more. For those of you in the Massapequa area, the school board is meeting on August 7th. I believe the drug issue will be brought up and put up for discussion as an item on the agenda. If you feel strongly, please attend, or write Jane Ryan at boe@msd.k12.ny.us and state your views to her attention. I plan on attending. You may also write Charles Fuschillo's office to lobby for the change in family laws so that parents can have more control of their 18-20 year old's health care at the following email address: fuschill@senate.st ate.ny.us To report any illicit drug deals, please call your local precinct. If they are ineffective, please contact Lt. Detective Andrew Fal, Commanding Officer, Nassau County Narcotics and Vice, and ask for him directly. YOu may find the phone number on the NCPD website  (Jul 27, 2008 | post #15)

Massapequa, NY

Cops: Massapequa teen arrested for hitting officer

Been there too, God bless you both.  (Jul 26, 2008 | post #115)

Massapequa, NY

NY teen overdose spotlights growing heroin problem

Yes! I am grateful to the AP for bringing this issue to the forefront. When something becomes communicated through a national news service, it ain't small potatoes. Maybe NOW school officials, kids, parents and neighbors will see this for what it is. A blight on our community and a scourge to our kids. I am forwarding this article to my local school board. Please do the same....read what Natalie's mom said happened on school property. Please..let's put an end to this.  (Jul 19, 2008 | post #1)

Massapequa, NY

Young woman found dead in Seaford garage

Compeletely agree..........kids need love and permissiveness is deadly. Kids push envelopes all the time..it is a normal part of their development. Parents need to push back and be involved in their kid's lives, in the schools..I know it is so hard today with all the jobs people need to get by. But a little goes a long way.  (Jul 19, 2008 | post #441)

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