Bethel Public Schools says it shouldn't take a tragedy for the community to come together to keep children safe from the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
And that's the thought behind an upcoming "Community Conversation" the district is hosting.
- When: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8
- Where: Bethel High School Auditorium, 300 Whittlesey Drive in the David W. Deakin Educational Park
"There is a growing crisis of drug and alcohol use among our teens nationwide," Bethel Public Schools writes on its website. "A report suggests alcohol consumption among Connecticut teens is 26% to 28% higher than it is among teens nationwide."
"In many communities it often requires a tragedy to bring adults together to discuss these issues and make efforts to prevent further loss of life. Let’s not wait. You are invited to attend the 'Dare to Talk about Drugs' Community Forum on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Bethel High School auditorium," the district writes.
"Come join the conversation. Join community members in listening to a presentation from representatives from the Newtown Parent Connection, who will share their personal stories about the quiet crisis of drug and alcohol abuse among Connecticut’s teens."
The district says this event will be the first in a series designed to help parents talk about these issues and help them take some proactive steps so we can ensure that our children make safe, healthy, responsible choices, and avoid the needless tragedy caused by drug and alcohol abuse.