Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on December 17, 2021
Parents call for faculty and administration to enforce the rules at Batavia City Schools. According to Rebecca Eldridge, her son who attends Batavia high was assaulted in class which resulted in a bloody nose, swollen eye, bruised ribs and cuts to his legs and then the teacher sent him to his next class. Afterwards he was suspended for fighting back against the bully who beat him. School staff confirmed that administration lied to Eldridge saying there was no recording of the incident but IT staff said there was. Other parents have come forward at School Board meetings demanding change at the city schools as violence and bullying are reaching new highs every week. One student was suspended from school for printing handouts that pointed out bullying incidents that went without any response from the school. Interim Superintendent, Scott Bischoping, when asked by our news partner the Batavian, said “he couldn’t comment on specific student discipline.”
The statewide moratorium on utility shutoffs is ending December 21st. What this means is people who are overdue on their payments to the gas, electric and water companies can have their utilities turned off starting next Tuesday. More than 1.2 million homes in New York were late on their payments as of september according to Public Utility Law Project. Governor Hochul says that New Yorkers have options for covering their costs. Home energy assistance program can assist homeowners and renters with heating costs. The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance as well as the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program are also able to help.
The Genesee County STOP-DWI Coordinator announced thursday that the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of LeRoy Police Department will be participating in a coordinated effort with the STOP-DWI program to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving. This will go from Friday the 17th through Saturday January 1st.
The Buffalo Sabres beat the Minnesota Wild 3 to 2 in a shootout Thursday night at the Wild’s home ice. Tage Thompson scored the winning goal with Dylan Cozens and Mark Pysyk setting up the tie game. Buffalo’s road trip continues tomorrow night when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Puck drop in the Steel City is at 7:00 p.m.