*JOINT RELEASE* Two Rockland High School Students Arrested After Allegedly Making Threats

For Immediate Release

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net


Two Rockland High School Students Arrested After Allegedly Making Threats

ROCKLAND – Superintendent of Schools Alan Cron and Police Chief John R. Llewellyn report that two freshmen at Rockland High School have been arrested for allegedly threatening to commit acts of violence at the school on Friday afternoon.

TWO JUVENILE MALES, AGE 14 AND 15, BOTH FROM ROCKLAND, were arrested by the Rockland Police Department as a result. They were charged with:

  • Making Terroristic Threats
  • Disturbing a School Assembly

At 1:25 p.m., Rockland Police were notified that two males, claiming to be Rockland High School students, had called a Boston television news station and told the station that they planned to harm people at their school. The news station called the police, and an investigation was launched immediately.

Both of the students allegedly responsible for the threat were identified, located and arrested within 30 minutes of their initial phone call to the television station.

Out of an abundance of caution, all school facilities in Rockland sheltered in place during the investigation. Once the Rockland Police Department determined that the situation was resolved, the order was lifted. Students are being dismissed in the usual manner today.

Superintendent Cron praised the quick work of all involved.

“The Rockland Police Department acted quickly to respond to this threat, and the individuals are in custody,” Superintendent Cron said. “I am very pleased that our faculty and staff and the police department worked closely this afternoon, following all of the policies and procedures we have in place in the event of an emergency. What matters most is that no one was harmed today.”

The investigation remains ongoing. At this time, it is not known if the threat was credible. The names of the suspects cannot be released due to their ages. The 15-year-old suspect was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation. The suspects will be held and will likely be arraigned in Hingham Juvenile Court on Tuesday.

“I am very proud of the effort put forth today by our officers and school officials,” Chief Llewellyn said. “Thanks to an aggressive investigation, and in no small part thanks to the close working relationship between the Rockland Police Department and Rockland Public Schools, these suspects were identified quickly and arrested.”

These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.


Andover Public Schools to Seek Independent Investigation of High School Varsity Hockey Program

Andover High School
Philip Conrad, Principal
80 Shawsheen Road
Andover, MA 01810

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Andover Public Schools to Seek Independent Investigation of High School Varsity Hockey Program

ANDOVER — Andover High School Principal Philip Conrad announces that he is seeking authority to retain an independent professional to conduct the school’s investigation into the varsity hockey program.

Two weeks ago, Principal Conrad was notified by the Department of Children and Families that the state agency had opened an investigation into allegations of neglect by Andover High School varsity hockey coaches. As a result of this notification, three coaches were placed on administrative leave, which is the standard operating procedure in municipal government when a public employee is under investigation.

DCF had told the school district to hold off on performing its own investigation while DCF investigated the charges which were filed with it. Late this past week, however, DCF notified the school district that it may begin its own investigation at this time, even though the DCF investigation remains ongoing. The school district therefore can begin its own investigation immediately and it will do so.

“Given the level of public interest in this situation and the need to have a finding which cannot be challenged for any reason, as well as the fact that the coaches have a reporting relationship to me as their supervisor, I feel that it is in the best interests of Andover High School to retain professional services,” Principal Conrad said. “An independent investigator will provide an objective, holistic review of this situation, which will aid us greatly as we move forward from this unfortunate situation.”

With the permission and approval of the school committee, Principal Conrad intends to select a reputable independent professional promptly.

Principal Conrad wishes to emphasize that the school’s investigation is a standard procedure and the reaction to notification from the state of alleged improper actions by the hockey coaches. It is not a rush to judgement, but an attempt to ascertain the facts and protect the students involved.

“What has been lost in some of the public discord and social media discussion is that the students come first for us. If anything improper or inappropriate was occurring in our hockey program that potentially endangers the health, welfare, and safety of our students, we want to know so that we can take the appropriate steps to prevent it from ever happening again,” Principal Conrad said. “This is not about a rush to judgement. It’s about doing the right thing and protecting our children above all else.”


Hull Freshman Earns Seat in State Senior District Band

Hull Public Schools
Michael F. Devine, Superintendent
180 Harborview Road
Hull, MA 02045

For Immediate Release

Friday, Dec. 22, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Hull Freshman Earns Seat in State Senior District Band

Hull High School Freshman Maeve Donohue, a trumpet player, earned a spot in the Southeastern Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s Senior District Band and will play in a music festival next month. (Courtesy Photo Hull Public Schools)

HULL – Principal Paula Girouard McCann is pleased to announce that Hull High School freshman Maeve Donohue earned a seat in the Southeastern Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s Senior District Band and will play in an upcoming festival in January.

The Massachusetts Music Educators Association is a statewide nonprofit organization that supports music education for all students throughout the Commonwealth. The Senior District Band’s festival of events will take place Jan. 5-6 at Bourne High School. Donahue will participate in two intensive rehearsal sessions before the final concert on Jan. 6.

This year, thousands of students across public and private schools in Massachusetts auditioned for the musical event, including three of Hull High School’s top musicians.

On Nov. 18, junior trumpet and French horn player, Sean Healey, junior trumpet player Jimmy Barone and Donahue, also a trumpet player, auditioned at King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham.

All three students scored very well in their auditions, especially Donahue, whose skills landed her a seat in the Senior District Band — making her the first student from Hull High School to participate in the Senior District music festival since the 1980s.

“We’re extremely proud of Maeve for earning this opportunity to play with the Senior District Band,” Principal McCann said. “This is a huge accomplishment for a freshman and we’re excited to have a Hull High School representative at the music festival!”


*UPDATED* Stoughton High Students Attend First “DECA Day on the Hill” Meeting

Stoughton Public Schools
Superintendent Marguerite Rizzi
232 Pearl St.,
Stoughton, MA 02072

For Immediate Release

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net


Stoughton High Students Attend First “DECA Day on the Hill” Meeting

This version has been corrected to reflect the correct spelling of DECA Advisor Donna McFadden’s name.

STOUGHTON – Superintendent Marguerite Rizzi is pleased to announce that five Stoughton High School students recently attended the first annual “DECA Day on the Hill,” where they met their state legislators and discussed important issues to related to their community.

Stoughton DECA is a high school business club. The group is part of a larger network of over 215,000 high school students around the world. DECA prepares young leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges globally.

DECA Day on the Hill was attended by over 150 DECA members from across the state on Nov. 15.

“This was a great opportunity for some of our students to visit the State House and meet their local politicians on a more personal level,” Superintendent Rizzi said. “Hopefully next year we can attract even more students to attend this great event.”

The five Stoughton High students who attended were Rolisha Louis, Trisania Kerr, Kaitlyn Costeira, Mia Greene, Kiana Mills. They were greeted by State Representative Shaunna O’Connell, who commended the students on their strong commitment to DECA.

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, DECA Advisor Donna McFaden and National DECA President Jaron May were also in attendance.

State representatives William C. Galvin and Louis L. Kafka recognized the five students for their involvement in the program and told them about how the state legislature operates.

The students were presented with a formal certificate signed by State Rep. Kafka, State Rep. Galvin and Speaker of the House Robert A. Deleo.