Over the course of the past few weeks, we set out to get to the bottom of the drug issue that may or may not be festering in the Sag Harbor School District. Above all else, we sought to answer one dominant question: What constitutes a drug problem?
What we found, however, is that the answer is not so easy to come by.
Students, administrators, parents and law enforcement all have different views about what it means and what should be done — whether it’s implementing a no-tolerance policy or fostering a supportive environment.
One of the things we feel all could agree on, however, is the benefit of talking about it. Not only would it benefit the school district, but it would benefit the community as a whole if those from every aspect of this village came together in an open and frank discussion to ask questions and address the issues we all face as community members. When it comes to discussing drug use among teens, it is imperative for administrators and parents to at least be on the same page. And it would behoove both parties to understand where law enforcement stands on those same issues.
School board President Walter Wilcoxen recently announced the first in a series of community-based discussions, scheduled for December 8, that are meant to bridge the divide between the Sag Harbor community and the Pierson Middle/High School. It’s an idea suggested by former Pierson High School Principal Bob Schneider and one we like.
Though the discussions are meant to be about any number of issues in the community, not drugs, per se, we think these discussions would provide a great opportunity for parents, teachers, administrators and students to come together for a frank and open discussion on this topic. Teen drug-use is an issue that affects more than just school board members and district administrators, so discussions should extend beyond this tier of leadership as well.