I sit next to the police scanner, so oftentimes I am the first (and only) person to hear something. Richie Rathsack has a good ear from across the room and his ears will perk up if he thinks he hears something. Last Tuesday was one of those days.
Something came over the scanner about a 4-year-old having marijuana at Hanover Elementary School. My first thought: this is going to be big.
By “big” I meant, oh wow, every state media outlet was going to report on this. So we waited about an hour for the situation to play out, for them to get a quick investigation done and then Richie made a call. He confirmed it’s importance and quickly through a short story online with what we knew.
By the end of the day, as predicted, every outlet in the state had latched on whether through its own or AP reports. We at the Record-Journal had it first, not to brag.
School Superintendent Mark Benigni had to have a press conference it was so big. Honestly, how often is a press conference called in the middle of the day? Not too often.
It lasted about 10 minutes with a pre-written statement, a statement by Principal Miguel Cardona, and then a Q&A. That was about it.
The point of the post is that this story was much larger than I thought it might be. It hit state news. Then regional. Then national…..and international. Here’s a quick roundup.
- My favorite: the Huffington Post with a screen grab of my video and my actual video.
- MSNBC cited our work.
- Boston.com and The Boston Globe reported it. I heard the Boston Globe actually called Meriden PD for their own story.
- For my chaps over in England, here is the Daily Mail report.
- Yahoo? Yahoo! (by way of Reuters)
- Even the 420 Times
- And lastly, thank you to those in the United Arab Emirates for reading some of the crazy CT stories of last week.
First photo credit goes to Dave Zajac, followed by Sarah Nathan. Both RJ photographers.