She said the presentation helped her feel more confident about talking to her children, ages 12 and 15, about alcohol and drugs.
“I learned a lot about teen behavior,” she said.
Student risk legal repercussions if they choose to abuse substances.
Police know about the popular local hangouts where alcohol and drugs get passed around, Curle said.
“The police know where it is.”
Stetz said students shouldn’t feel pressured to drink even if their friends are.
“You don’t always have to go out and get completely wasted.”
Attending parties while abstaining from drinking can be a good option for students, said health teacher Kim Quinn, the City School District’s health-education coordinator.
Quinn recently switched from teaching seniors at Plattsburgh High School to instructing eighth-graders at the Middle School.
That earlier experience enables her to effectively prepare the younger students for situations they may encounter in high school, she said.
“Parents are really grateful for the opportunity to come to this small, close-knit event and just be able to ... get their questions answered,” Matthews said.
“Everybody always walks away with something.”
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