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Indasky would like to know…

"why were there 5 police cars a state trooper and an ambulance at the intermediate center at 3:15pm on 3/10???? was the school on lockdown?"

Frankly, I'm curious, too. Seems like there was enough of a law enforcement presence there to warrant some sort of mention in the paper...


jmyrick 5 years, 2 months ago

Marital situation. No lock down. Nothing to see here, folks.


justamom 5 years, 2 months ago

I think it would have been nice to hear from the school that evening instead of my daughter telling the story and her being a little freaked out by the incident that she saw at the school that day.


Torch 5 years, 2 months ago

Sorry justamom - you're...well...just a mom. You don't have a need to know what goes on in the school. You're just a silly parent - let the professionals do what's best for your children. They know what's right.

How dare you imply otherwise?


TheOnlyGreyghost 5 years, 2 months ago

Torch, do you never get tired of spewing bitterness? You're attempting to agitate trouble where none exists.

Here's a thought--if "what was going on" at the school remotely concerned "your children," Dan Wallsmith would have notified parents. Since it was someone's private situation--and, I might add, took place after school hours (I know--I happened to be in the parking lot myself, talking with some other parents and we saw when the vehicles arrived), I guess he didn't feel it necessary to issue a "nothing to see, move along" bulletin.

In addition to the incident being after hours, with most of the kids GONE when the police got there (the ambulance didn't show until about 3:40), it was the last day of school before spring break and the kids weren't going to be there for the next 11 days--during which time, any excitement over the cops being there would have plenty of time to dissipate.

My friends and I, like the rest of you, were curious, so I was interested to read Indasky's question and Jeff Myrick's response, but feel that this is really all the rest of us need to know.

I don't agree with every decision made by every employee of the school district, but I have enough confidence in Dan Wallsmith to be certain that if he thought for one moment that the "incident" would impact anyone but the family involved, or that we needed to be informed of what went on, he would've emailed all of us.

Sadly, the lack of excitement in Baldwin (and the corresponding wish for or fear of same) is enough to keep some citizens agitated for close to two weeks, imagining that something they need to know all about is being withheld from them.

I'm sure if any of you had what you felt were valid concerns about this, you could've called the school that Thursday or Friday, when employees were there, and ASKED, instead of stewing for 2 weeks and implying online that they were irresponsible in trying to respect the privacy of one troubled family by not issuing a district-wide email--which would have served little use other than get tongues wagging about who it was, thus ramping up the gossip mill.


hipgrrrrl 5 years, 2 months ago

Hmmm...since I'm included in this thread (obviously :)), I am struggling not to take offense at the implication that I have spent the last two weeks "...stewing..." or that I implied the school was remotely irresponsible - particularly as I had no idea whatsoever what the situation was. I was only aware that was a situation. I don't believe that asking what others in the community know about what was goin' on is evidence of gossip mongering.

However, since I'm feeling a bit touchy now, I will point out that something was going on prior to the release bell as I was leaving with my kid about five minutes prior to the end of school and helpfully held the door open for one of BC's finest. Additionally, as we were pulling out of the lot, the first of the State Troopers was coming in.

Truthfully, it is sad when families are in crisis - particularly when it affects the well being of the children involved. Plenty of adults indulge in appalling behavior and quite often, I think they deserve exactly what they get (and then I ask the Good Lord to forgive me :)).

However, if this was a violent incident which apparently began prior to the end of the school day, I certainly hope that the administrators of the BC school system would understand my concern regarding the safety of MY children at said school.


TheOnlyGreyghost 5 years, 2 months ago

Shoot, pretty much all you did was repost Indasky's comment so it would be seen. Primarily, my remarks were leveled at Torch, who likes to throw gasoline on any situation, particularly if he has a chance to b**** about the schools. And justamom said her kid was "freaked out," so I can't imagine why she didn't simply call the school the next day and ask for an explanation rather than (if "stewing" is a terribly offensive word let's change it to) still "feeling concerned" close to two weeks later.

I won't quibble about what time "the incident" started--you were inside the school and I was not. I was just going by what time the vehicles showed up. Most of the kids cleared out pretty quickly and I doubt more than a handful were even aware of any situation. Any parents whose kids heard/saw anything disturbing would surely have been within their rights to call and ask what was going on and whether it might have repercussions for other students. Did anyone do this?

For what it's worth, I suspect you and I reacted much the same--we wondered what was going on but expected that if our children were at risk, the school would inform us. If I had felt even the slightest danger existed due to the incident, I would not have returned my child to the school and relied on Speakout to deal with my concerns. (The fact that anyone might have done just that makes me wonder whether they actually have any "safety concerns" at all--versus just being normally curious. There is no shame in wondering what was going on, but let's be honest.)

Since admin did not issue any bulletin, I concluded that safety wasn't an issue. I would EXPECT anyone who thought it was would keep her child home until those fears had been addressed. If a concerned parent called and the school replied that "it's none of your business" or failed to allay fears, then that person would have a legitimate complaint against the school. But I can't fault them for "failing" to bring to everyone's attention something private and unfortunate that carried no risk to the student body--something that probably flew under the radar of 95% of the parent population but which would have become the Town Topic if the school did send out a memo.


Torch 5 years, 2 months ago

LOL. I love spinning you up GG. It's just too easy.

Now...isn't it time to get back to The Collective? Independent thought isn't acceptable around here.


TheOnlyGreyghost 5 years, 2 months ago

How's the weather in that fantasy world you live in, Torch?

"Independent thought isn't acceptable..."? Speak for yourself. I have no idea what "The Collective" might be or why it would be relevant. Do you need your meds adjusted again?


NanCrisp 5 years, 2 months ago

Interesting how things change. When my daughter was in 3rd grade at this school, another third grader's father committed suicide. The school reacted by sending the counselor into every 3rd grade classroom to "counsel" the students about suicide, just in case anyone was feeling any stress over the situation. Again, this was a domestic issue and also a very private issue, concerning a student's family, yet it was blown completely out of proportion by the school. My daughter didn't even know the boy, much less his family, and after the good counselor did her thing, my daughter knew a lot more about suicide than I thought an 8-year-old really needed to know. Way to make kids wonder if their parents are about to kill themselves!

I'm very glad to see that things are changing for the much, much better in the B.C. school district.


Bloggerboo 5 years, 1 month ago

Two sides to every story, here. I agree that clearly Dan didn't feel it warranted a notice to parents, but I can tell you that almost every kid at the school that day knew about the incident. I happened to pick up my child almost last that day, and they made it clear everyone knew what was going on. So, here we have a case of the kids know, but the parents don't. That will always rile some parents, maybe rightly so. Knowing all of that, I thought it might be appropriate for Dan to email the parents and not explain the situation, but just explain that there was a situation and offer any students or parents who may have felt concerned, too call or come in.

In my case, my child knew the children of this couple and was moderately worried about them. However, I kind of felt like most, that it was none of our business, so I didn't pursue it. Thinking back though, a note from Dan would have been helpful and probably the right thing to do just for the sake of duly notifying parents that police were on the grounds for something other than normal reasons, and parents could have taken that opportunity to discuss whatever they felt appropriate with their own children.

There is a fine line between "none of our business" and an opportunity to put kid's and parent's minds at ease or decide there is a learning opportunity available and to make use of it. It can be phrased so that no one else needs to know the who and the particulars if it is that touchy a subject.


baldwinfan 5 years, 1 month ago

I'm guessing that Torch said collective based off the Star Trek Borg television series. It's a good show if you like sci-fi.

You will be Assimilated. Resistance is futile.


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