A Pennsylvania boy is currently in a medically induced coma after a schoolyard fight with classmates who he and his family claims were bullying him. Sixth-grader Bailly O’Neil, an honors student, of Darby Township, Pa., was involved in a fight four weeks ago at the...
BRATTLEBORO -- Area schools are in lockdown, Monday morning, as the district deals with an alleged threat. Local police, when contacted by the Reformer Sunday night, said the robocalls going out to Windham County parents was a decision made by the schools, and would not provide further information.

On Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 7:21 PM, Today's Lockdown <> wrote:
Today we received a report from a child that another child had let an unknown adult into the school through a side door. When this person wasn't quickly located, the staff placed the school in "shelter in place". Shelter in place is when classroom doors are locked and students are not allowed outside of the classrooms, shades are drawn, but instruction continues. Four staff members searched the scho...ol, and administrators from the Central Office and other schools arrived to be of assistance. It was discovered that the "intruder" was a custodian from another school who had arrived to assist maintenance, and forgot to check in at the office. The entire event lasted approximately 15 minutes.

I apologize for not getting this information to you earlier in the day.

Becky Read


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Please help your fellow Vermonter


The Red Cross is responding to the St. Johnsbury Fire.

Red Cross disaster services volunteers from three counties are on scene to help residents displaced by ...a large, multi-unit apartment fire at 430 Railroad Street in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The fire has already impacted the residents of at least eight units. We understand that additional units at 438 Railroad Street have also sustained heavy damage.

The large-scale nature of the event prompted a call out of Red Cross volunteers from outside of Caledonia County, ensuring prompt assistance for residents enduring a terrible upheaval in the midst of this holiday season. Several residents have already been assisted, with temporary lodging arranged and financial assistance provided to help with food and clothing lost in the fire.

St. Johnsbury has opened its Welcome Center for the displaced and this is serving as a meeting place for the residents and Red Cross disaster services volunteers. Food and beverages are also being provided to those impacted, including the first responders working the fire.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin

Governor Shumlin joins with Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy in asking Vermonters to observe a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. in honor of the victims of the Sand...y Hook Elementary shooting. In addition, places of worship and town halls across the state are encouraged to ring their bells 26 times - once for each victim. All Vermonters send their sympathies to those impacted by this tragedy.

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A few weeks ago I was watching SAPA . It was a joint meeting of the board of selectman and the school board. There was an Athletics teacher saying he was in fear at events because of people who attend the events behaviors. The high school principal reported that the district had funds for security . The police said they were under staffed and couldn't do it. When the police were asked if an outside agency could be brought in the reply was that they ( the police ) have " dibs ..." on the overtime. It would seem that in their contract they get first " dibs" on any overtime. Ever since the CT shootings I have been repeating what I saw on SAPA over and over in my head. How can the safety of children and teachers be put aside because of " Dibs" ? During the aired broadcast nothing was resolved even in the face of a pleading teacher and the director of recreation. I know my daughter started this page for bullying but I think my comments apply because this is a serious safety concern. If someone gets hurt are we as a town going to tell them sorry about your loved one but the cops had " Dibs" ?

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Community FYI .. There is no school in Springfield today.

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Grrrr There was an incident on the bus with Erin . The boy involved has bullied her since Pine Street Pre-School , Into summer services provided by the district now onto the bus in three instances this boy has gotten physical with her. I called the school and spoke to a teacher who was busy and said someone would call me right away... Its heading for 4 PM and nothing. At the same time as Erin was getting off of the bus the same girl that knocked her down at the concert was in front of our home yelling Erins name and when Erin turned she screamed YOU SUCK . Erin yelled back leave me alone . I saw this myself ... Does it make you feel big little girl to tease an Autistic? Your parents must be so proud. ~ A very frustrated Mom ~

Does anyone know a girl named skylynn thats how the name sounds but I don't know the spelling we need to find her mother or father~Meg

Community FYI

Springfield Family Center

Join us SATURDAY for a Downtown Winter Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. With nearly 20 vendors, there will be plenty of options for... local holiday gifts!

We will have homemade gifts available for purchase as well as hand crafted bowls from Springfield High School students. Be sure to enter in our Silent Auction where the highest bidder will receive 1-Ton of Wood Pellets, donated by HB Energy Solutions!

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Community Message: Dear Elm Hill Families,

It is with deepest regret that I write to inform you that one of the children in the Elm Hill community passed away Sunday night. Daniel Sacripante bravely fought a congenital disease and lived much longer than doctors had ever predicted. Over the past two years he skyped with his class daily and occasionally attended school functions. He will be greatly missed.

His family is holding a celebration of his life this Saturday at 2pm at the Davis Memorial Chapel (99 Summer Street). Should school mates attend the service there will be balloons for the children to release in his honor. Cards can be sent to the family home at 5 Cooper Street, Springfield, VT 05156 and photographs of Daniel can be found at his website:

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