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CORRECTION: Attempted Arson Reported at Vacant Middle School

Ongoing investigation, few details available.

Woonsocket Police and Fire responded to the long-vacant former home to Woonsocket Middle School on Thursday for a report of an attempted arson.

Due to a reporting error, many parents were led to believe that there was an incident at Woonsocket Middle School, but that was not the case. 


School officials said nothing occurred at the middle school and children were safe the entire day. 

Several fire extinguishers were reportedly discharged and the fire was contained at the former school.

We deeply regret the error.
Common Sense February 06, 2014 at 09:57 PM
Saw the police and fire at the old middle school on West Park Place...
Still Hope February 07, 2014 at 10:16 AM
That's kind of a big error there buddy. Way to instill a riot.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) February 07, 2014 at 10:21 AM
Big blunder. I take responsibility for it. I had a very productive conversation with the superintendent about a variety of topics after she reached out to me this morning and I know a lot of parents called the school. I am sorry for causing panic. I'll be extra careful next time. I've been a reporter for more than a decade and I know better. It was sloppy and there's no getting around it.
Sallie February 07, 2014 at 11:58 AM
Mark, that must have been a great conversation with $150,000 superintendent. Do you even live in the area? Not sure if Rob would have made such an error. Sorry just stating my opinion.
Common Sense February 07, 2014 at 12:02 PM
You people are good...just looking for something to complain about. Mark said it was a mistake. Regular people do make them...but of course you guys are perfect and don't make mistakes. Get over it...
Common Sense February 07, 2014 at 12:06 PM
BTW Mark,...Welcome to Woonsocket. Get used to the same people complaining about or putting negative comments about every story. In a way you have to feel bad for them. Their lives must be so miserable.
Nelson Aldrich February 07, 2014 at 01:05 PM
The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable. James A. Garfield
Common Sense February 07, 2014 at 01:30 PM
I'm as free as a bird.. (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Yet I'm happy!!! You've got to learn to see the good side
Rose Genereux February 07, 2014 at 02:50 PM
Good thing all the patch readers are perfect and NEVER make mistakes.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) February 07, 2014 at 03:07 PM
I appreciate you folks defending me. It's OK, though, I have a thick skin, which you need in this business. I do deserve a drubbing here, though, because it was quite a screw up. It's going to take me a few weeks to get up to speed and I promise I'll be posting stuff on Woonsocket Patch on an increasing frequency. For the record, I live in Cranston, which is where the former editor used to live. I won't be coming to Woonsocket as often as I'd like but I am going to try to swing through semi-regularly to give you some on-the-ground reporting, which you deserve.
Sallie February 08, 2014 at 09:38 AM
Thanks Mark, sorry I was using you as a scapegoat to be upset with the Patch for getting rid of Rob who was always at every meeting the city had and was here first hand for us. Hopefully you will be able to attend many of our meetings and get the "real" scoop of what is going on in this city. Best of luck in your new position.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) February 08, 2014 at 09:39 AM
I understand. I hope that in the coming months we can work together to show some of the good things happening in Woonsocket, not just the bad.

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