Fairport examines drug use, risk behaviors among youth | News
For most parents, it's disturbing to think that children in middle and high school regularly consume alcohol, get high, and have sex with their peers.
But while the truth can be tough to accept, the message on Tuesday night was clear: adults should not ignore it.
The auditorium at Minerva DeLand School was filled with parents and teachers during a community meeting to discuss the results of the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted by a partnership between the school district and Fairport-Perinton Chemical Advisory Council (CPAC).
This survey, designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been given to Fairport students every two years since 1995, and provides useful data that is shared with the community and incorporated into health curriculum and school policies regarding behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse.
"We try to get this information out there so parents are aware these things are happening," said CPAC co-chair Debra Tandoi. "My question is, what is happening to our culture that we get to the extreme where kids are using anything to get a high? What is the real problem?"