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CORRECTION: 74, not 75 Potter St.

The residents of 75 Potter St. were not involved with a recent arrest. Let me explain. . .

Recently, I posted an article about the arrest of a local man for his involvement in the shipping of marijuana to an address in Attleboro.

In that article, I originally made the mistake of reporting that the man who was arrested lives at 75 Potter St. He actually lives at 74 Potter St.

A resident of 75 Potter St. kindly informed me of the error and I fixed the original article.

But apparently, not everyone made note of the correction. This morning, a woman and a 7-year-old girl were called "bad people" by neighbors and children were not allowed to stand near the 7-year-old at the bus stop, even though they had nothing to do with the incident. It appears that some people did not see the corrected article and are mistakenly under the impression that the residents at 75 Potter St. were involved. 

They were not.

I regret the original mistake and hope this post can help clear any confusion in the neighborhood. 

This post was made upon request. I'm not sure if other media outlets would bother to post a correction like this. I could easily have said that I corrected the original article and neighborhood issues are not my concern. But because Cranston Patch is supposed to service the community, I felt it was my responsibility to clear up the situation if I had a part in making things worse.

To the parents who live at 75 Potter St. — I apologize for the confusion. And for the parents who called the residents "bad people" and embarassed a 7-year-old girl at the bus stop, I think you owe them an apology too.

- Mark Schieldrop

Cranston Patch editor.

Jenn Boyce December 06, 2012 at 03:01 PM
This is a wonderful apology and I am sure that it means a lot to the family. It's too bad that other people are so quick to judge based on an article that they read or what they hear from someone else. People need support, especially children!
Joe Jones December 06, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Even if the "girls" parents were invovled why would you target a child? This is so wrong really, no one is responsible for anyones behavior but their own. Some people need a filter on their mouths!
Barbara December 06, 2012 at 10:14 PM
I think you should fix your misreporting. This incident with the child never would have happened if you checked your facts before reporting. A Writing Teacher
Jenn Boyce December 06, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Barbara I think that is what he has done. We are all human..
Miguel December 07, 2012 at 02:44 PM
If people actually knew their neighbors' names anymore they would know the guy's name and where he actually lived, and not identify him by the number of the house (which was incorrect in this case).
Jessica December 13, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I think the point is, as an above reader stated, even if the people at 75 Potter had been involved, it is not OK under any circumstances to target an innocent little girl. Those who did should be ashamed of themselves. If it had been my child, I would have been livid, not because of the accidental misreporting, but because of the horrible way others treated a young girl.

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