Shockingly, the Protests Continue

Written by Jared Rhodes

Shockingly, the protests continue. The riots in Ferguson, Missouri  still continue from the day of  August 9, 2014. Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson should’ve gotten indicted of killing an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown because he allegedly fled the scene of the store and Darren Wilson claims that Brown attacked him. But really? if Michael Brown steals from a store, he gets shot by a police officer? If Michael Brown was a white teenager he wouldn’t get shot by an officer, probably will just get arrested. But for me as an African-American teenager I would still protest from this day and fight for more justice for Michael Brown because, now former Officer Darren Wilson, resigned on November 30,2014 because the protesting was unrelenting. Some cars and buildings were on fire and National Guard got involved too with tear gassing and arresting many people. Schools were canceled because the town of Ferguson were just a huge mess happening. Of course people in Ferguson would do those crimes is because that was wrong that Wilson shot Brown.

But early on Thursday morning, March 12, 2015, two officers were shot by an unknown person,  after guarding the Ferguson Police Station Headquarters. One of the officers, a 32-year-old with seven years experience in law enforcement was shot in the cheek. The other officer, a 41-year-old from St. Louis County Police with fourteen years experience in law enforcement was shot in the shoulder. Both Officers were released from the hospital later that day.

This happened after the next day, Chief of Ferguson Police Department Thomas Jackson announced that he will be resigning, effective March 19. The reason why he is resigning is because The Federal Justice Department found racist jokes being sent in emails by Ferguson police officers and the chief is taking the blame for that. Of course the chief would resign because he can’t handle the protesting and the officers made racist jokes on their email. They don’t care about Black lives. Really, are you kidding me?  Is it because Michael Brown was Black and everyone thinks that only black folks are bad people. The reason why the person shot the two officers is because since Michael didn’t get his justice, thats the revenged from the protesters. I mean yes this situation was wrong that the person shot those officers, but I would think that was revenged back. But this investigation is still ongoing, Police have now identified the suspect, 20 Year old American- African Jeffrey Williams, His side of the story is the police officers were not his target. There is a big tension across the world between police officers and young black teenager. Ferguson is a small town and this situation was all over the United States.

 

New Classrooms at Naugatuck High School

New English Classroom

New English Classroom

Written By: Jared Rhodes & Samantha Sbat

The construction has changed everything for the Naugatuck staff and students. The new classrooms in particular have drawn the attention of teachers, as well as students. Many teachers have wondered what the new classrooms would look like. Now that most of the new classrooms are done we sought out teachers in new classrooms to ask about how they feel the new features. Teachers, including Assistant principle Eileen Mezzo, have many positive things to say about the new rooms and offices, but also have a few concerns.

We went around to many different hallways, and first sat down with Jose Sendra, a Spanish teacher at the school. He had positive things to say, “My favorite thing is the counter. I’m being serious; it keeps me organized.” However he also had some negative feedback, saying, “The new interactive system has been downgraded, we went from a Mercedes to a Chevy”, he said. All in all he loved the bright color, desks, and chairs including his. “This is great for students.”

Gena Spiller, chair of the science department, also had positive things to say as well. When talking about her favorite part of the new classroom, Spiller said, “The technology, and the interactive projector. I like the interactive boards better than the old smart boards. Because it allows you to do more things, and there’s so much more room.” Talking about the new faculty room made Spiller even happier, “Love it, allows my entire department tocometogether, and allows for the teachers to get out of their rooms instead of staying there for lunch.”

Michele Russell, math department chair, really liked the roomy storage of the new rooms. “I like all the storage cabinets; they’re nicer and neater. I like the interactive board, but I’m still learning.” Although she misses her old smart board, “I love the old ones, if they gave us a choice it would be the old ones.” When we asked about her least favorite part of her new classroom she replied. “The size of it, and how there’s only one window. I used to have two windows and it felt 

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brighter. Other than that I love my new room, it’s a nice classroom environment.”

Carolyne Dymond, an English teacher at the school, talked to us too. Dymond’s room isn’t quite finished yet, but she had some positive feedback. “The storage, I love the storage, and the air conditioning.” Although Dymond had those beneficial things to say, the interactive boards concerned her. “I prefer the old one, these are difficult and sensitive, but maybe I need training.”

 

Eileen Mezzo, vice principle at Naugatuck High School. Loved her new office, “I love the new furniture, I love how spacious it is, I’m way more organized.” Mezzo had certain concerns, “I don’t like that I’m not near the kids, I used to be in castle where kids would stop by all the time. I feel that I’m isolated; I chose to work at a high school full of kids. Other than that I wouldn’t change the terrific job they did on my office.”

 

The new classrooms had some concerns, some teachers were satisfied with interactive boards and some weren’t. Although, with time many teachers will learn and be taught how to use these interactive boards. Other concerns teachers had were the classrooms being smaller, and not having an extra window or no window at all, like the Math and Spanish hallways. In the end there were a lot of positive attitudes about the new classrooms. Many of them loved the colors, the English teachers loved the brightness of their rooms, the storage cabinets, desks, and chairs. These classrooms have become a very good working environment for students as well as teaching environment for teachers. Naugatuck High School is becoming an even more great school for everybody.

 

 

 

Q&A: WTNH’s Teresa Dufour

Teresa Dufour, The Weekday Morning Traffic Reporter on News 8’s Good Morning Connecticut, after Teresa switches roles and hosts her show Connecticut Style.

 

> What inspired you to work in the news career?

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Since I was a child, I always wanted to be a reporter. I wanted to find a story and tell a story. I couldn’t picture myself sitting behind a desk, there’s something challenging and fun about live tv that keeps you on your toes.

> where did you attended college?

University of Connecticut, Storrs.


> Was being a journalist your first choice in your career?

Yes!

> How was your first experience as a Traffic Anchor?

I had been on TV for four years prior to reporting the traffic. It takes a little getting used to standing in front of the green screen, so, for about a month, people were patient with me, and then it clicked!

> How did you get into being a news junkie?

You have to find a passion and run with it. I like finding the facts and getting them out there.

> Were you nervous on the first day of the job?

Of course! I wasn’t just making a mistake at my job, I was making mistakes for the entire state to see on tv!

> As a morning Traffic anchor, is it difficult to wake up every morning so early?

I wake up at 3 each morning. It’s not fun. I’ve been doing it for 8 years now and you don’t ever really get used to it, but hey, I could be doing worse jobs!

> After college, where did you go from there?

After UCONN I worked behind the scenes at WFSB channel 3 and NBC30. I was a producer and worked at the assignment desk. I then took a job as a radio news anchor in Hartford, but really wanted to be on TV. My first TV job took me to Monroe, Louisiana where I was the anchor/producer for their 5pm and 9pm newscasts. After two years there, I was hired as a general assignment reporter back at WFSB 3. That eventually turned into traffic reporting. Four years ago I left Channel 3 and joined News 8 where I report the traffic on Good Morning CT and Host my show, Connecticut Style.

> Is anyone else in your family in the journalism business?

No

> Who choses your outfits? Is there a stylist on staff or do you get to pick your own clothes?

I pick and own all my own clothes. I try my best to mix and match and not wear the same thing in a month. I have a pretty big closet!

How strong is security at NHS?

Reaction at Naugatuck High School to the Seattle school shooting last month was strong. “Of course it’s upsetting; there seems to be no value for human life,” commented Elaine Mulhall, a math teacher at the school.

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New scanners will require badges to enter the building during school hours.

Recently, Jaylen Fryberg, a IMG_7576student at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state, killed three people when he opened fire at his school, including himself. He was a 14-year-old freshman. Fryberg was also very well-liked with lots of friends. He had recently broken up with his girlfriend, but could that have been the only trigger for this act of violence? His rampage came to a sudden end when a teacher grabbed his arm and he turned the gun on himself.

This incident in Seattle raises questions for faculty, parents and students in  Naugatuck: Is Naugatuck High School safe?

James P. Leary, dean of students, said, “I don’t think we have the manpower to check what students bring to school. I’m not sure if we want something like that here.”

What Leary is referencing are metal detectors at the front entrances and random checks of lockers and backpacks. But what procedures are currently in place? “Protocols we would take in a situation like this would be: security force, student honesty, and doing the right thing. This is supposed to be a safe place,” said Leary.

Matthew DaSilva, school resource officer with the Naugatuck Police Department, said that when considering school safety, officials debate the rights of the individual against the security protocols taken.

Elaine Mulhall, a math teacher at the high school, had different view on school security. “I think it’s getting to the point where students are going to have to walk through security, but I feel we are not safe anywhere.”

The Seattle incident shocked students at the high school. “I wouldn’t know what to do in that situation. It’s scary to even think about,” said sophomore Ronahi Musa.

If put in a similar situation where a student had a weapon Mulhall said would “protect as many people as I can.”

Additionally, Mulhall noted, “There are a lot of good kids doing bad things.”