HHS to host info session on dating violence, vaping

Do you know how to spot the signs of teen dating violence? Would you know if your child was “vaping”? Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School officials report that these are issues they see having a negative impact on students’ lives.

A ‘Community Conversation’

To help parents join the school in seeking solutions to these problems, the school is hosting a “Community Conversation” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments, door prizes and a raffle will be available.

Presented in partnership with the Herkimer County Prevention Council, Catholic Charities, the Domestic Violence Program of Herkimer County and Kristina’s Fund, the Community Conversation will feature a panel discussion on dating violence and the “vaping” trend.

Learn more about vaping: “Know the Risks: E-Cigarettes and Young People”

A harmful trend

“More and more teens are becoming familiar with vaping, and want to experiment,” Herkimer CSD prevention specialist Kassandra Gonyea explained. “They think that (e-cigarettes) are just flavored water vapor, and don’t have any harm to their bodies.”

But, Gonyea noted, any type of vaping can carry health risks, including pneumonia, seizures and an increased risk of cancer.

Despite these risks, the popularity of vaping remains high among young people. In 2016, more than 1 in 10 high school students reported using e-cigarettes.

Parents: Part of the solution

Parents are invited to attend this program to learn more about the “vaping” trend and to join in prevention efforts. 

Additional community resources will be available during the program, which will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the HHS cafeteria. For more information, call (315) 894-9917.