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Concerns Raised About High School Students' Post-Homecoming Activities (VIDEO)

Superintendent says investigation by district, police and district attorney’s office continuing

 As Tuesday night’s meeting neared the end of its third hour, several speakers berated the school board for not bringing up the issue of high school students’ behavior after the recent homecoming dances and homecoming game. Superintendent Margaret Keller-Cogan assured parents the reports of students’ drinking alcohol had not been dropped and were still being investigated by the district, police and district attorney’s office.

“Any individuals where we have evidence of wrongdoing we do follow through,” she said.  “We follow the code of conduct. When I say we, I can tell you Mr. Leonardatos at North and Mr. Vitale at South take this equally as seriously and have spent an inordinate amount of time on this issue as has members of the Clarkstown Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office which is investigating this right now.”

There have been reports that on the night of their Homecoming Dance, Clarkstown High School North students were drinking and several got ill while on an after-dance party bus trip and had to be taken to a hospital.  Sometime during this past weekend, North's turf football field was defaced with spray paint. The two football teams faced each other at South’s Homecoming game on Friday evening, which South won.  On Saturday, Clarkstown South students went forward with their plans for activities including party buses after their Homecoming Dance.

“I think the fact that these buses could not be found as students were boarding them shows the purposefulness of the intent to have a good time and to not be able to have the police be able to find where these buses were boarding,” she said.

The superintendent acknowledged the district could not control the students’ choices but expressed deep concern about excessive consumption of alcohol.

“The biggest difference is that when students now are drinking they’re drinking to get drunk,” she said  “And they’re drinking at a rate that is reckless and can endanger not only their health but their lives.”

One parents said this is the time for parents, families and the school district to take a stand and put a stop to this type of behavior.  The superintendent said the issue is being taken very seriously and the code of conduct will be applied if individuals are identified but that those consequences cannot be made public.  

Tomorrow, the two teams square off again at North in the football quarterfinals.

brendan October 28, 2011 at 12:54 AM
i dont think teenagers getting drunk makes their parents bad parents but yes it is their responsibility to set the consequences. At the same time i find it hard to believe theirs many parents that can say they were not doing the same thing in high school, if u can maybe thats the reason you take this so seriously....lighten up
Tony T October 28, 2011 at 01:02 AM
I'd bet if one of those students who were drunk not let into the dance left by car and got into an accident with your child in the car you would think it was serious. Just an FYI Clarkstown has had it's share of high school sophmores, juniors and seniors killed in car crashed over the past few year from DWI's.
brendan October 28, 2011 at 01:09 AM
as i said if they were drinking and driving that would be another issue that is unacceptable. these kids hired a party bus obviously because they were planning on drinking so they showed some responsibility. if it had not been for the kids getting sick this homecoming would have gone the same as everyone for the last 50 years
National October 28, 2011 at 01:41 AM
I would suspect the kids weren't driving because it's too inconvenient for 200-300 to go by car. I don't think the idea of getting drunk deterred too many. I am sure many have licenses and can drive at night, but a good many under 18 also likely have junior licenses and can't drive at night without an adult. Bottom line is: drinking is harmful. Many of the kids proved they are not responsible to control how much they can drink.
Tony T October 28, 2011 at 09:40 AM
I guess that is why they made the drinking age 21!!

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