theLoop has learned at least five Mamaroneck High School students were suspended following the school’s Coast Dance Friday (January 8.)
Mamaroneck School District Spokesperson Debbie Manetta told theLoop, "Incidents involving student behavior have to remain confidential."
Area parents are concerned about an apparent "out of control" atmosphere and "lack of supervision by teachers and cops" who were present at the dance on Harbor Island.
" My own son was there and actually asked to be picked up early because the majority of kids there were drunk or high and he felt uncomfortable," one parent told theLoop. "My husband learned from folks at the Larchmont-Mam’k Community Counseling Center that SEVEN kids were suspended from school as a result of evident substance-abusing behavior at this dance! We need to shed more light on this situation. The drinking scene among the teens in this community is entirely out of hand, and people are sticking their heads in the sand!! "
When asked repeatedly what specific steps the District would take to reduce the risk of incidents like this from happening, Manetta would say only, "We are very concerned about the use of drugs and alcohol in the community."
When pressed further, she said, "Our community has teams working to make a dent in this alcohol crisis. It really is a crisis. As a District, we have a zero tolerance policy surrounding drugs and alcohol."
One parent reports the Assistant Principal called in the local police to arrest or pick up students who were drinking or using drugs.
interesting student editorial on the Coast dance location.