cold case murder, school arrests, football

NEW BEDFORD — The 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks was on the minds of many on the SouthCoast this week, with remembrances planned throughout the region.

A Freetown mom even recalled what it was like to be in the delivery room during the attacks, watching so many lives lost as she brought a new life into this world.

Surely, life as we know it changed that day, and it was the kind of seminal news event in which everyone remembers where they were the moment they heard the World Trade Center towers were hit.

But news unfolds for us every day here in New Bedford, and here are the five most popular stories on our website this week.

New Bedford Public Schools explains misreporting of arrest data

On the heels of the Black Lives Matter protests last summer, the topic of School Resource Officers in the city’s schools has been hotly debated with some in the community calling for their removal. Community activists are concerned that SRO presence and involvement in student arrests is a contributing factor in the school-to-prison pipeline.

In August 2018, DESE put a policy into place for all districts and schools across the state to report school-based arrests. New Bedford — along with many other urban districts — reported zero arrests since then. Now, they say that number is 16. Superintendent Thomas Anderson sat down with the Standard-Times to offer an explanation.

‘It’s unacceptable, there’s no excuse’:New Bedford Public Schools misreports 16 arrests

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