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Vandals rock (and egg) Day by Jesse Metzger and Rafi Razzaque Day was hit by a plague of vandalism during the Good Friday three-day weekend, which is now under investigation by Newton Police. The first instance of vandalism involved the breaking of six windows looking out from Day’s cafeteria. The damage was most likely caused by a rock that cracked, but not shattered, six panes of glass, which were valued at about $250. Nine major cracks in the glass were visible, but the panes were replaced immediately. At around the same time, raw eggs were thrown at the wall and doors of the entrance under the mural. Police believe the same person(s) is/ are responsible for both incidents, which most likely occurred during Easter weekend, between April 3 and April 5. “We have an officer working diligently on this,” Newton Police Lieutenant Bruce Apopheker said this week. Following the incidents, investigators interviewed some of the people they believe were involved, as well as a Day custodian. School officials are also investigating, according to Day principal Gina Healy.
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A golden decade for The Daytime Many 7th and 8th graders on The Daytime recently attended the 86th Annual Convention of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York. While at Columbia, The Daytime received a Gold Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for the tenth time in a row. Read more, pages 4 and 5.
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Smokers light up on school property by Julia Oran and Sophie Sokolov Several students were seen Thursday, April 1 smoking cigarettes on school property right after the end of school, but it was no April Fools. On the pathway between Day and the school-bus stop, near the Bob Roche Little League Field, a group of indeterminate numbers puffed away their youth. Vice Principal Cheryl Bono said she also spotted a student from another school smoking a cigar near the school bus-stop that same day, which she viewed as an “isolated incident.” Bono
recalls telling the student, “You can’t smoke on school grounds,” but he rebutted that it was not technically school property because he was on Albemarle Field. After a brief conversation, Bono convinced him to move. “All I can do is ask [the smokers] to move when I see them,” Bono said. One anonymous eighth grader and Susannah Thal-Nir, an eighth grader on the Sage Team, commented that they thought two day seventh grade students were the culprits. However, another anonymous source revealed that of the
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four smokers she saw, only one was from Day, and the student was in eighth grade. All agreed that it was not a sixth grader. Others students agreed they smelled cigarette smoke, but did not get a good look at the perpetrators. Thal-Nir said, “I was really surprised because I didn’t think seventh graders would [smoke].” Added 8th grader who saw the incident, but didn’t want to be identified, said “I think it was inappropriate behavior on school property especially in front of other students.” Vice Principal Michael Harding said
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he was not aware of the incident, adding that “there are several adults after school” keeping an eye on the students, so smoking should not be a problem. Bono took a similar stance on the smoking; she did not believe it to be a major issue. “I’ve never even smelled smoke on kids here,” she said. “Kids today don’t really smoke. This was kind of a joke; I know the kid, he doesn’t usually smoke cigars.” Although she does not necessarily plan to locate the smokers
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