Monday marks one week since Peconic teen Ashley Murray was reported missing, and since then the North Fork community has come together to try and find the 16-year-old girl to no avail.
Missing person alerts have been posted at businesses throughout the East End, a Facebook page has been set up, and news outlets continue to cover the story, as we all wait for word about what happened to the girl who left her mother a suicide a note and hasn't been seen since.
We were wondering how North Fork Patch readers, who are parents, have reacted. Has the situation sparked discussions in your house? Have your children — who didn't know Ashley — asked questions? How young is too young to discuss it with them? Have you used the situation to start a dialogue with your kids about how they can reach out if they are in despair? Or are you not sure how to handle the situation?
We would like to start a dialogue here and support one another as we all navigate a situation that has struck very close to home. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.