Wednesday, February 21, 2018

More Maine schools to take part in walkout protesting gun violence

PORTLAND, Maine — More Maine schools will take part in a nationwide walkout to protest gun violence in schools.

The National School Walkout will take place on March 14, the one-month anniversary of the South Florida high school shooting that left 17 people dead.

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Lincoln Academy student charged with terrorizing, deputies say

NEWCASTLE, Maine — A student a Lincoln Academy in Newcastle has been charged with misdemeanor terrorizing, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department.

The boy is accused of making threatening comments to other students at school on Thursday, deputies said.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Maine Media and Schools Jumping on the Florida School Shooting Paranoia Bandwagon



I have kids.  I want them to be safe while they are in school.  I'm sure every other parent feels the same way.  But the horrific tragedy in Florida has everybody on edge.  And who wouldn't be?  The media is flooded with terrifying images and heartbreaking stories from the family members who lost their loved ones.
My heart goes out to the family and the community.

Now, thanks to our very own local news sources, this sort of fear and paranoia coming home. 

As soon as the Florida tragedy happens, we get two potential school shooting cases and a bomb threat right here in our very own peaceful state.  It's sad that it happened, but the local newspapers harp on it.  And they use such powerful words to spark even more fear and anxiety into parents.  That's how they get ratings.
Here's the other case.
And I look and here's another one that just happened...
Now I do appreciate that the schools and the police are doing everything they can to keep our kids safe.  But with the news media filling the normal person with such horror, I'm worried that the schools will end up resembling prisons in the name of safety.  Or give the idea to troubled teenagers with guns.





Buxton school bus driver issued summons after crash

A school bus driver was issued a summons for failure to yield right of way after a crash Tuesday in Buxton.

Lisa Young, 53, of Buxton, was driving the bus with nine student passengers when she attempted to turn from Brewster Place onto Route 202, police said.

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South Portland student in custody after making threats against school

A 15-year-old South Portland High School student was taken into custody Thursday morning after making threats against the high school on social media, school officials said.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Maine theater teacher admits creating fake Facebook pages to spy

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — A theater director at a school in Maine who acknowledged creating fake Facebook profiles to eavesdrop on parents’ discussions is out of a job.

Superintendent Katie Hawes learned of Michael Herman’s actions after a parent at Kennebunk High School realized he’d used his school email address to create a fake profile with a woman’s name and photo.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

4 lessons from a look at the pressing challenges facing Maine’s schools

Maine’s schools are shrinking, their academic performance hasn’t improved substantially in years even as it has in other states, and an achievement gap persists between low-income students and their higher-income peers.

There are pressing challenges in Maine’s education system: Schools are educating an increasingly low-income student body, many rural schools that have seen their enrollment drop over the years are struggling to pay for a decent education for the students who remain, and Maine schools often have trouble recruiting strong school leaders who can guide their improvement.

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