SCHOOLS

 

Students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut have been sent home for the day after a bomb threat forced an evacuation on the sixth anniversary of the massacre that killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

Newtown police say the threat was made at about 9 a.m. Friday and the school was evacuated. Lt. Aaron Bahamonde says there's a heightened level of anxiety in town on the anniversary and the school superintendent decided to cancel remaining classes.

Teacher Jessica Pollard at Lee Elementary School leads her class in a mindfulness exercise.
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Other than its bucolic setting in the Berkshire mountains, Lee Elementary seems like any other public school.

Chicopee Academy at James C. Selser School in Chicopee, Masscahusetts.
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Three of the 10 schools with the highest rates of student suspensions in Massachusetts are in Hampden County.

A lesson plan designed by a Newtown, Connecticut-based advocacy group to prevent school shootings will be part of school curricula in ten states starting this week.

Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
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A student came to a high school in the Berkshires last week with the Confederate flag draped over his back. 

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