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Jun 1, 2016 10:09 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton High School Seniors May Have Been Ticketed Wrongly

Jun 1, 2016 4:25 PM

Nearly 20 Southampton High School students who went to the beach on senior “skip day” last week were ticketed for not having permits to park—though they might not end up paying a fine.

On Wednesday, May 25, a large group of seniors dropped their cars off at Road G, also known as the helipad parking lot, to enjoy a day at the beach. The signs in the parking lot said that a parking permit is required to park in the lot from May 15 through September 15, and so the students all received tickets.

But village law says otherwise.

“All the village beaches, except Coopers and the helipad, require a permit starting May 15,” Southampton Village Police Chief Thomas Cummings explained in an email this week. “Coopers and the helipad require a permit [starting] the Saturday before Memorial Day. So it appears the officer may have made an error.”

Village Administrator Stephen Funsch also verified that a permit isn’t needed at the two beaches until the Saturday before Memorial Day. “They’ll have [to] take it up with the court/PD to adjust if necessary,” he said in an email.

“The court will adjudicate them, and if dismissal is appropriate, that’s what will happen,” Chief Cummings agreed.

On Friday, May 27, and again on Tuesday, Southampton Village Police blocked Narrow Lane near the high school, and were stopping students. Dr. Nicholas Dyno, the interim Southampton School District superintendent, confirmed that police officers had blocked the road, but he did not respond when asked if he knew why.

Kelly McLaren of Southampton, who was taking her son to the high school on Tuesday morning, said she thought the police might have been looking for a senior who they believe had egged a police car, but wasn’t sure if that was the case. She said the stoppages added 15 minutes to her drive.

“It was so frustrating,” Ms. McLaren said. “I called the police and they told me they do random traffic stops, but this was not random traffic stops.

“Police should be protecting us, not creating a problem for kids,” she added.

Detective Herman Lamison, Chief Cummings and Mayor Mark Epley did not respond to emails sent Friday inquiring about the situation at the school.

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Why are the schools so bent on preventing "senior skip day" from happening every year? It's 1 day of school, if the kids miss an important assignment or deadline, that's their problem. They had to call police to "stop students"? Come on.
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Jun 1, 16 11:28 AM
More negative press. :-(
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Jun 1, 16 11:30 AM
"it appears the officer may have made an error." You think?
By pwrsprtprts (3), Southampton on Jun 1, 16 12:27 PM
Setting up "Road Blocks" stopping ALL cars and giving out over 50 tickets to students and staff???? REALLY "Random Traffic Stops"??? NOT 2 DAYS in a row. Completely unacceptable !! The Southampton Village Police has NOT heard the end of this BS. Our kids were late for school because of the police which is disgusting. BS tickets handed out just because NOT OK
By mychildmatters (70), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 1, 16 1:52 PM
Who cares if it was random? 50 tickets were issued...that means there was 50 violations of our laws. I was stuck in the traffic, and extremely inconvenienced. However, I appreciate that somebody is enforcing rules around here. Do you have any idea how many students drive to school without a drivers license? If the schools not going to handle it, I'm grateful that the police finally chose to. Your name is "my child matters", well I would like to let you know that my child matters too. And I don't ...more
By S'hamptonNative (84), Southampton on Jun 1, 16 9:46 PM
maybe your kids should have been at school and not skipping.

you need to set an example for your kids and not blame there mistakes on someone else. THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN SCHOOL, period end of story.

The Southampton Village police does a great job , i bet when you need them you will not say this is BS....
By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Jun 1, 16 1:57 PM
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Who cares if a kid skips a day? It's on the parents in the end.
By Hambone (514), New York on Jun 1, 16 2:04 PM
Seems to be 3 incidents, each several days apart. Not clear from the article if they are supposed to be connected.

Skip day, whatever, parents issue, not police.Parking tickets or not who cares.

Road blocking the HS in the AM 2 and 7 days later? Clearly looking for someone in particular. Admin knows, police know, Mayor knows, but no one wants to say who or why. Everything is a secret at this school district.
By smacw (240), New York on Jun 1, 16 2:51 PM
Attn SH Press, It's Narrow LANE.
By smacw (240), New York on Jun 1, 16 2:55 PM
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wow........after a busy holiday weekend, this is news???? Really? This article is laughable
By rjhdad (73), southampton on Jun 1, 16 6:44 PM
What was up with the road blocks on two separate occasions when people are trying to get to school and work on narrow lane? Traffic was completely congested going onto narrow lane, as well as Hampton RD. Totally unprofessional and petty by SVPD
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Jun 1, 16 9:55 PM
Unprofessional huh? I was one of the parents stuck in what you call "Roadblock". One officer informed me they were conducting a traffic safety checkpoint based on complainants of parents that kids were driving to school without the proper licenses. Instead of bashing SVPD you should be thanking them for keeping everyone safe. If one of those kids who shouldn't be driving to school gets into an accident and hurts someone badly.........you can pretty much say goodbye to everything you own.......This ...more
By rjhdad (73), southampton on Jun 2, 16 7:26 AM
So some parents were concerned their own kids, or someone elses kids, were driving to school without the appropriate license?
By smacw (240), New York on Jun 10, 16 10:33 PM
Clearly there was a reason for the road block! I agree with rjhdad fully. Be thankful they are keeping the area safe for the school!!! As for the parking lot ticket issue....Rule has always been May15 a sticker is required to park at the heliport and they should know this. BUT at the same time, with the rules changing down there and being in limbo, I would agree the tickets should be thrown out!! Its wrong to change the rules on something, have it in limbo, not have it posted and than condemn someone ...more
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Jun 2, 16 7:52 AM
Could have been do without all the press...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Jun 2, 16 9:08 AM
Is it about safety or getting money from their parents?
By The Real World (368), southampton on Jun 3, 16 7:37 AM
Its about money
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jun 3, 16 8:18 AM
I am curious why people receiving parking tickets is news
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Jun 3, 16 2:31 PM
I said, it was unprofessional and petty. End of discussion
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Jun 3, 16 7:06 PM
Word on the street~ might be several issues going on here.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Jun 4, 16 9:59 AM
Joan, do you ever have factual information to share or are you satisfied just lobbing negative innuendo as a toxic demagogue. What is the real issue you have with the school. There really seems to be more to your achingly persistent hatred of the institution.
By KevinLuss (356), SH on Jun 7, 16 5:41 AM
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