Lindenhurst community workshop held weeks after middle school stabbing
A community workshop was held in Lindenhurst Tuesday to help children deal with bullying and other issues they could face in the school.
Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon spoke to parents, students and community members at the "Connected Community Event" about finding solutions to help children with bullying, harassment and addiction.
"The amount of time children have been talking to me about mental health, substance abuse, depression and anxiety has been very concerning," Toulon said. "Because these were things, these were topics that never, never came up before and it's coming up daily, it's coming up in different school districts."
Organizers of the event say it's about connecting parents with resources to help their children and to share ways to directly confront the issues children are dealing with.
Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer says Lindenhurst was the first district to accept their offer to bring counselors and social workers into schools to work with students who might be having issues.
Some Lindenhurst parents say that bullying was one of the issues that led to a stabbing at the Lindenhurst Middle School a few weeks ago.
Sheriff Toulon says after the stabbing, he advises parents with concern about bullying and their children's safety to not be afraid of looking at their social media accounts.
"We don't want to wait until a tragic incident to find out that our child was being bullied or any other occurrence that's happening to them," Toulon says.
Parents at the meeting tell News 12 that they are hoping that more community events like Tuesday's will bring them closer to finding solutions to protect their children.