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>Readers Comment on alleged Drug use at Schools : I do agree that parental involvement is key to good life

>Readers Comment on alleged Drug use at Schools : I do agree that parental involvement is key to good life choices
Patrick Allin

Woah Peter – first, Bergen Community College is not a last resort school – it is one of the top community colleges in the country and offers many programs that are not offered at universities, such as trade training, like auto mechanics. The economy could not function without these professions. In addition, BCC is a more affordable school for students who do not have the financial resources to attend a private college.

Second, go to the New York Time’s website and read through their archives for articles about “Ridgewood” and “drugs.” The hard drug problem at the high school used to be much more prevalent. This is not a new problem.

I do agree that parental involvement is key to good life choices. However, parents will not build trust with their children by drug testing. If someone wants to try/find drugs, they will. The solution is not to test and punish, but for parents to build strong “tell me anything” relationships with their children. Then, parents can guide their children through becoming an adult, and children will trust their parents advice to not experiment with drugs

You need to recognize that many Ridgewood families are fractured and broken, just like any other community. People will turn to drugs and alcohol to ease this pain. The school has tried to support these students by hiring crisis intervention counselors, but can still do more so students know that they are not alone.

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