Talk Back: Who is First Line of Response in Lovers' Lane Activity?

A former school property was being used for love trysts and district officials quickly responded to stop it. But is it their responsibility?

When public or private property becomes the new 'hangout' or 'love nest' for local teenagers, who do you think is the first line of defense in stopping the activity? Police? The building owner? Parents?

Take our poll and share below on how you think such activity response should be handled.

Sharon McGouran Sauer July 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM
It takes everyone in a community to keep our young people safe until they can make mature decisions for themselves. Thanks what makes Sayville so great.
Judy July 18, 2012 at 03:35 PM
The community should help our young teenagers. The can't even go to Gillette park and talk, play frisbee or hang out they will get a loitering ticket. My child got a ticket for being at Greene's Creek talking and throwing a frisbee. There was 8 teenage boys ages 16-19 they were searched, cars searched, back packs searched and all that was found was a pack of cigarettes. Instead of good job no drugs or alcohol boys, they got a $50.00 fine each. There needs to be somewhere the teenagers can go to socialize.
Rev. Gary Brinn July 18, 2012 at 04:30 PM
@Judy There certainly is a need for appropriate public spaces, but I live across the street from Gillette Park and there are teens and young adults there most evenings. I've never seen them bothered by our local police. If the boys were in a public space during open hours, then it is a matter of serious public concern. Please be in touch as there is a group actively working on creating spaces for young adults.
Mike F July 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Patchogue YMCA - A place for teens to have fun on Saturday nights! Teen night is held 7:00pm–10:00pm Saturday evenings begining in October. This program is offered free of charge to teens in our community, age 13 – 17 years. Teens interact in a structured environment that include activities such as swimming, weight training and fitness, sports, music, our indoor rock-climbing wall and track, Teen Rec Center, and much more! This program is fully staffed and supervised by experienced YMCA personnel, including a certified Social Worker. Members and non-members alike are welcome.


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