Explosion In School Lab Injures 2 Stu...

Explosion In School Lab Injures 2 Students

There are 29 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Dec 15, 2008, titled Explosion In School Lab Injures 2 Students. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Two students at an independent boarding school received minor injures earlier tonight in a laboratory explosion at the school, state police at the Danielson barracks said.

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Hyde and Seek

Mansfield Center, CT

#1 Dec 15, 2008
No surprise here! The Hyde School is nothing more than an "Alternative School" for afluent parents who want to send their behaviorally challenged, arrogant, spoiled children far, far away....... A prep school it is not! These are NOT the type of children you want little Sally Sue and Billy Joe bringing home for supper any time soon! They may find a way to make an explosive out of the entre or try smoking the veggies!
Hyde and Seek

Mansfield Center, CT

#2 Dec 15, 2008
"Hyde School is located in Woodstock, CT. It is a private, alternative school that serves 202 students in grades 9-12. Hyde School is coed (school has male and female students) and is nonsectarian in orientation.

Hyde School has 7 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Connecticut average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher. Learn more about Hyde School's students and teachers. "

http://www.education.com/schoolfinder/us/ct/w...

Guess you need the student/teacher ration to keep an eye on the little buggers?!?!?
Hyde and Seek

Mansfield Center, CT

#3 Dec 16, 2008
Here's the true story about this place. Perhaps, the most telling comment was; "For many kids, Hyde is the last stop before some terrifying tough-love, boot-camp institution socked away deep in some western wilderness."

http://www.philipwaring.us/on_education/2006/...
Raul Contender

Wilmington, MA

#4 Dec 16, 2008
These are not bad kids. What is crazy is the "behavior modification" they are subjected to. The Connecticut AG should investigate what goes on at that place.

Hyde School has had "fires" before.
danbury ct

Lawrence, MA

#5 Dec 16, 2008
This comment is from a person who obviously knows nothing about Hyde......and lives in woodstock?. This is not a school that parents just send there kids away to. Parental involvement is substantial and required. It is for families who choose not to stick their head in the sand, throw their hands up and just send their kids away. It is for parents who truly care about their child and are willing to make the financial sacrifice, and for some, it is a real sacrifice.

you should walk a mile in someone elses shoes before making ignorant comments my friend.
Hyde and Seek wrote:
No surprise here! The Hyde School is nothing more than an "Alternative School" for afluent parents who want to send their behaviorally challenged, arrogant, spoiled children far, far away....... A prep school it is not! These are NOT the type of children you want little Sally Sue and Billy Joe bringing home for supper any time soon! They may find a way to make an explosive out of the entre or try smoking the veggies!
Hyde Mom

North Branford, CT

#6 Dec 16, 2008
Thank God for the Hyde Schools.

If you have never been there, and are not a member of the Hyde community, I can understand why you might view the school and its mission with suspicion. It is a very different kind of school, with a focus on character and accountability for kids and their families.

HThis is not a spoiled affluent place to dump your difficult children. It is not a place where you drop them off and write a check, like getting your car fixed. Hyde requires a huge commitment from the families. The student's entire family participates in family education, and each parent is on campus for several days at a time, at least 3 times a year. During that time, everone is involved in very helpful and often life changing family education workshops.

I know this from experience, not just a bias aroused by a news story. My son was at Hyde School, and in the first year, my husband and I spent a total of 50 days either on campus or at Hyde parents' educational meetings sand other events.

The Hyde kids are absolutely wonderful. The difference between them and the kids acting out back home is that they and their parents are working on improving their character and being accountable for their actions. These are not children, they are young men and women who are self aware and committed to a high standard of conduct. I am proud to know them.
Formerly Associated

Wilmington, MA

#7 Dec 16, 2008
Hyde School's system of "accountability" is egregiously flawed:

"...contrary to prevailing educational and mental health standards, name calling, shaming, intimidation, judging, minimizing and humiliation are embedded in the school's belief system and practices; these emotionally abusive behaviors are used frequently and intentionally..."

"...Hyde tends to view mental health issues as "character flaws," not as medical conditions that require research-based interventions. Hyde's decision not to have a licensed counseling team is deliberate, not an oversight; it reflects Hyde's belief system and model."

www.isaccorp.org/hyde/reamersiegeldeclaration...
Hypocrite Detector

Wilmington, MA

#8 Dec 16, 2008
Hyde School's "focus on character and accountability for kids and their families" does not, apparently, apply to themselves. Where was the "high standard of conduct" when the school was repeated asked to step in and take action in the case of a faculty member's sexual harassment of a student?
Hyde School sued for tolerating and encouraging sexual misconduct:
http://www.isaccorp.org/hyde/hydelawsuit01.jp...
http://www.isaccorp.org/hyde/hydelawsuit02.jp...
http://www.isaccorp.org/hyde/hydelawsuit03.jp...
http://www.isaccorp.org/hyde/hydelawsuit04.jp...
Hyde Mom

North Branford, CT

#9 Dec 17, 2008
They did step inand remove the teacher. This was an unfortunate event, but this is not representative of the Hyde faculty any more than it is typical of faculty at many other schools where staff are removed for sexual misconduct.
MBThompson

Wilmington, MA

#10 Dec 17, 2008
Hyde Mom wrote:
They did step inand remove the teacher. This was an unfortunate event, but this is not representative of the Hyde faculty any more than it is typical of faculty at many other schools where staff are removed for sexual misconduct.
Could you then please explain to all of us why THAT family (including THAT man) is hosting "sleepovers" with current students? Wouldn't any logical person call that "playing with fire"?

He doesn't sound so "removed" to me!
Another Hyde Mom

AOL

#11 Dec 17, 2008
Dear Hyde Mom,

You say that Hyde stepped in and removed the teacher. We all know who that staff member was and his name was Larry Dubinsky. They might have removed him from staff, but he still lives on campus in a house paid for by the school,(his wife still teaches there) and he is very involved with the school and the students including young girls. THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO REMOVE A PREDATOR from having access to more prey!! Hyde has been extremely irresponsible in this matter. No other school would intentionally keep a male predator on campus!
No More Faith

Wilmington, MA

#12 Dec 17, 2008
Hyde School has had quite a few lawsuits from parents regarding the sexual transgressions of its faculty and administrators. Going back as far as the mid-1970s on the Maine campus. Google "Hyde School" + "abuse". You'll find some of them.
Non Believer

Storrs Mansfield, CT

#13 Dec 17, 2008
<blockquote>If you have never been there, and are not a member of the Hyde community, I can understand why you might view the school and its mission with suspicion. It is a very different kind of school, with a focus on character and accountability for kids and their families.</blockquote>

Hyde destroys kids. It teaches them to toe the line, no matter what, instead of integrity and honor. Every story I hear about that place (I have a family member who is employed in one of the schools) makes me think that the leadership there needs to watch the last scene of Scent of a Woman.

Instead of teaching them to think they teach mindless obedience. Hyde is what is wrong in America.
Hyde

Breckenridge, CO

#14 Dec 23, 2008
I think you all also failed to mention the fact that a teacher hit a student and the teacher was only suspended for 3 days with pay....
interesting...
He should have been fired if you ask me.
Cult Watcher

Wilmington, MA

#15 Dec 24, 2008
Hyde wrote:
I think you all also failed to mention the fact that a teacher hit a student and the teacher was only suspended for 3 days with pay....
interesting...
He should have been fired if you ask me.
That would have been difficult. Joseph Gauld the founder has hit students a few times. Usually girls, in the face. His son in law an administrator has strangled a boy once too.
Concerned Parent

AOL

#16 Jan 6, 2009
Cult Watcher wrote:
<quoted text>
That would have been difficult. Joseph Gauld the founder has hit students a few times. Usually girls, in the face. His son in law an administrator has strangled a boy once too.
Remember that your tax paying dollars help to keep Hyde in business. The "charter schools" are paid for by us!!!
True Believer

Alamo, CA

#17 Feb 22, 2009
Hyde is the School of The Damned. It is the worst combination of clueless, self-involved, wealthy parents, screwed up kids, and the an infamous family who took EST and turned it into an evil cult. My son needed therapy to help him deal with what goes on daily at Hyde, and my marriage was brought to a quick and ugly end when Hyde "professionals" convinced us that the Truth Shall Set You Free but it's going to hurt like hell first. The extended founding family is truly insane. Hyde is not about building character, it is about destroying it.
been there

Cambridge, MA

#18 Feb 27, 2009
If families ever learned the REAL TRUTH about Hyde School, the world might well be rid of it.

Perhaps the world might like to know about the two (then married) founders' affairs with young alums? Or the incidents of sexual assault and rape that some of the staff there seem to be involved in (authorities are never notified)?

How about that seemingly rather high mortality rate among recent graduates?

You're right, "Hyde is not about building character, it is about destroying it."
Former Hyde Victim

AOL

#19 Sep 8, 2009
Hyde Mom wrote:
Thank God for the Hyde Schools.
My son was at Hyde School, and in the first year, my husband and I spent a total of 50 days either on campus or at Hyde parents' educational meetings sand other events.
The Hyde kids are absolutely wonderful. The difference between them and the kids acting out back home is that they and their parents are working on improving their character and being accountable for their actions. These are not children, they are young men and women who are self aware and committed to a high standard of conduct. I am proud to know them.
Yes, parents are forced to come to the school during the year but it is mainly to promote Hyde and to try to extort money especially from the well to do families. There are some seminars, but Hyde mainly is a Cult and any parent thinking about sending their child there should think twice.
Dawn

Leominster, MA

#20 Jun 4, 2010
Where should I send my hurting daughter then?

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