Troubling developments at Calverton and Canton
Disturbing reports from the two schools that have been in the news the past week:
1) Calverton Elementary/Middle held a staff meeting after school yesterday. I'm told by multiple sources that it was the first time teachers were officially informed of what happened there on Sunday. I'm also told that the response by the school's administration was to blame the media for overblowing the situation. Meanwhile, teachers reported hearing a gunshot outside the building again yesterday morning, though police questioned whether the noise was something else, like a car backfiring or construction. Either way, staff, students and parents are scared, particularly the parents of the school's youngest children, whose classrooms are on the ground floor of the building and must be vacated when the school goes into lockdown mode.
2) Canton Middle had a regularly scheduled fire drill on Tuesday. Kim Kramer-Zamenski, the mother of two children at the school, says neighbors called the students standing outside "monkeys" and other inappropriate names, yelled at them to go back inside and moved their cars to get away from them. The mother wrote in an e-mail to me that, while she understands that a group of Canton students have caused problems for neighbors, "these are grown adults (and) they are asking for a problem when they act this way. I think they are trying to get the kids to do something bad so they have something to complain about."