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Residents Up in Arms About Partying Teens

Residents living near Farmingdale High School spoke about issues with students to the BOE.

After months of complaints, residents of Farmingdale stood before the Board of Education once again on Sep. 12 speaking on issues with students.

Multiple citizens came before the board to address an event on Sep. 7 in which they claim that an estimated 100 adolescents gathered near the school and their homes.

"[They were] drinking, loitering, cursing, screaming on Saturday evening. These are all students. These are all your students," said resident, Nick Diaz.

One 10th Avenue resident said he has witnessed teens using illegal drugs and alcohol and even even threatening those who try to alleviate the congregations near the Massapequa Perserve. 

"They threatened my neighbor. The vulgarity that the teens used to this man is incredible and to be spiteful when they left, they throw beer bottles in front of his house that he had to pick up. What is the school addressing as to the students attitude about life? Is somebody informing them that this is irresponsible behavior?" he said.

Another neighbor commented that the latest gathering make her feel unsafe to leave her own home. 

"This obviously is a high school problem if is coincides with the beginning of an academic year. It doesn't take a rocket scientist. We've been here before, we are not asking for much. We just want to be safe. My taxes are going up and my insecurities and fears are not being relieved," she said.

In the past, the board has installed gates, perimeter fencing, speed bumps, employed a weekend security officer and added additional security cameras in an effort to alleviate the problem. 

The board announced plans to add additional security lighting to the school parking lot by the end of October and said they will remain in contact with Nassau Police about the issue. 

"The amount that we have the ability to control is limited," said Assistant Superintendent for Business Paul Defendini.

"I'm not sugarcoating anything. A lot of the things we could have done, a lot of the provisions that we could have put in place, we have put in place." 

Despite their attempts to resolve the situation, the board said that the school district can only do so much.

"You can do as much as you can in the school but it starts at home," said Board of Education Trustee Kathy Lively.

Stina September 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I feel for these residents. It seems the HS is doing what they can. Has a mandatory parent meeting been called? It is a parent issue now. If the parents don't get their own kids under controll, the police should start arresting them. I was one of those teens back in the day, but I can assure you that it only went on cause my parents didn't care where I was.
Susan Tura-Perna September 14, 2012 at 03:36 PM
police should arrest them, then maybe they will learn!
Brian Karcher September 14, 2012 at 06:35 PM
The get off my lawn people. The kids are fine. It's a few wacko residents who make trouble.
daler62 September 14, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I agree the school can only do so much, utimately it's a parental issue. Maybe a meeting with the parents will help. Also Nassau County police should be involved. What has the county done to alleviate the situation. I think the school has been trying now the parents and the county needs to get involved.
Vincenzo Romeo September 14, 2012 at 08:08 PM
the 8th precint does not wanna do that much paper work, i was one of those kids, and if u arrest them and, they find out you were the ones that called its gettin takin out on you in the end, when someone does something to your hom,e that you wouldnt want. the more you supress them, the more u will see them leave them alone and you wont have any problems
Michael September 14, 2012 at 10:39 PM
The school can only do so much.... It is a shame how some teens act nowadays. I know plenty of responsible, hard working teens who are focused on their schoolwork, part-time job, and their family... These teens who are antagonizing the homeowners fneed to understand the severity of their disrespectful, irresponsible behavior. Arresting them and inconveniencing their parents is a start.... Once their parents have to keep picking up their kid from the precinct something's gonna change... We need to have a police presence. They know where they are and when they are there.... So... What's the problem???? Monitor "the woods", and the high school, middle school, and elementary schools....
Thomas Miceli September 14, 2012 at 10:50 PM
It would just take one patrol car to loop by this area and the kids will take it back to the woods and away from our lawns and streets.
Jeffrey Lee September 15, 2012 at 01:40 AM
A proper Surveillance System and lighting in the parking lots and perimeter of the buildings including the football field will discourage the behavior on and around district property. The residents should start taking down license plates numbers and video of the incidents. Then report the deviant behavior to the HS Principle and the social workers. If as was said parents are buying the alcohol and dropping off their children then bring them into the principals office as well for a little "drop in time". This is a result of the generations over time having a different mind set then years ago where it used to be do not call attention to yourself while gathering in the preserve. Take a stroll through the preserve during the day and it does not take a detective to figure out what and where the locations are.
Larry September 15, 2012 at 02:18 AM
The land between Albany Ave, Farmingdale HS, and Woodward Pkwy, is the triangle of teen trouble. It's 100% unsupervised. I thought the residents who back up to it were apathetic. ATV's, dirt bikes, trash, fires... You can try and call NYS Park Police at (631) 669-2500. Not sure they care. The school adding lights and cameras will not help.
Frustrated Taxpayer in Farmingdale September 15, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Everything was fine until last year when the school district eliminated security. They claim to be doing all they can, but they cut security. There is nothing in place to protect any of the other schools within the district. The Board of Ed eliminated the security that was there. They will tell you there is no money, but they will build administration new offices at the middle school and the high school. Please notice that all of these complaints started last summer, right after security was eliminated.
Jeffrey Lee September 15, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Camera's and lighting are a deterrent and will help in the ability to have the software programs sent event alerts to security to more efficiently deploy security to locations. I was not aware the district eliminated security personnel? Is this true? How much did the yearly additional securest cost the district. I thought some of the additional nightly patrols were part time positions with no benefits? If it is a matter of money, I know for a fact where I can save the district over $100,000.00 per year in operation costs. And that would be just the start of the savings.
esther Kramer September 15, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Why should the school be responsible for children's behavior after school hours? Why is this not a police matter?
Jeffrey Lee September 16, 2012 at 12:02 AM
The district should not be responsible for students behavior off campus although what was that program the education system was promoting? Students Against Destructive Decisions? If they are destroying property or as the program was envisioned participating in activities which would be detrimental to their future what is their responsibility? If reported to the district with irrefutable evidence then it is their responsibility to assign a social worker or guidance counselor to investigate. At least that is the information conveyed to me when I inquired on the subject. Interesting topic though on what are the jurisdiction lines and hours of responsibility of a districts' students. Who's walking their dog tonight?
Daler17 September 16, 2012 at 05:42 PM
If the kids are hanging out in the woods they cause no problems when the cops come into the woods it scares them out of the woods and onto your lawn.. Bottom line don't call the cops unless you want your house trashed
jean g September 16, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I don't understand why the police are not called and they would need to take over
Farmingdale September 20, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I am not sure if the residents have done this already, but they need to call the police everytime they congregate.
Farmingdale September 20, 2012 at 02:54 PM
If the teens are so bad that they will destroy property if residents call police then this is perhaps should be treated as a gang problem??
John Smith October 07, 2012 at 03:55 PM
the key is to get the girls as wasted as possible, so that the young men can fill each and everyone of their holes with their large male members.
Stonchy O'brien October 07, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I agree they have had the same goal for the last 6,000 years.

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