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Parents demand more action from Lindenhurst school board in 1st meeting since middle school stabbing

Some parents in the district continue to tell News 12 that more needs be done to stop bullying and violence.

Thema Ponton

Apr 12, 2023, 9:45 PM

Updated 465 days ago

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The Lindenhurst School Board met Wednesday for the first time since a 13-year-old student was stabbed at the middle school.
Dozens of parents packed the meeting to express concerns about how the situation was handled.
"A lot of parents are asking, 'Why was school open the next day? Why didn't they just close? Why didn't they prepare for an emergency meeting?," said Jeannie Sailer, a parent in the district. "Instead, we're having this meeting 10 days later. Why? Why wasn't this addressed right away?"
A Team 12 Investigation found that parents and students had previously raised concerns about chronic bullying in Lindenhurst schools. Many parents say that is the root of the problem and it needs to be addressed to prevent another violent outburst.
Authorities say a 12-year-old stabbed a 13-year-old in the leg on March 27. The victim had to be airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital.
Superintendent Anthony Davidson says after the stabbing, the district has taken steps to ensure everyone's safety is taken seriously.
"We believe this to have been an isolated incident," Davidson says. "That does not mean, we, the board, our administration, our staff and our partners in education have been or ever will be complacent."
Davidson says they are working with Suffolk County police to review security at the schools.
Some parents say they are having conversations with their children about what to do if their safety is in jeopardy at school.


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