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Newspaper Falsely Accuses Local Chinese Buffet Of Serving Cat Meat

NEW BRITAIN – According to The Hals Scoop, a New Britain based Hals Academy newspaper, Super Buffet in New Britain has closed due to the proprietor using cat meat. The article goes on to say “Super Buffet is closed because they are suspected of serving cat meat and rat bones as a substitute for chicken.

According to Yelp.com (a restaurant review site), this buffet was shut down on December 23rd, 2013 (it hasn’t been reopened)

We reached out to the New Britain Health Dept. and they said the claims are not true and that the restaurant just shut down due to poor sales. The article has gone viral locally as many fake and or false accusations are spread on social media.

The Central Connect Post reached out to Leona C. Clerkin, Principal of H.A.L.S. Academy. When asked why the article was published without review and verification by staff she said “no comment” and hung up.

The House of Arts Letters and Sciences Academy (HALS Academy) is a small middle school for identified gifted and high achieving students committed to proving a unique learning experience to develop and promote academic excellence and leadership.

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12 comments on “Newspaper Falsely Accuses Local Chinese Buffet Of Serving Cat Meat

  1. Anonymous muse

    Sorry it should read and not an insert.

  2. Anonymous muse

    It did not happen! Just because it SAYS, it WILL be, does not mean it WAS! It 100% WAS NOT! Why is it so hard for you to understand this? It was an in school only publication, and not printed by The Herald or published by The Herald, anot an insert to The Herald.

  3. Anonymous Parent

    It was on the Consolidated School Districts Facebook Page on February 28th that this issue would be in that days Herald.

    If they are not teaching these students that you need your stories to be factual and to be able to back up your claims then they shouldn’t be publishing a newspaper.

  4. Anonymous

    I wish the person responsible for writing this article followed one of the most important rules to journalism, which is proofreading. There are a few mistakes that I noticed quite easily, as if they jumped out at me. I understand that it does not discredit the validity of the article. However, when one is pointing out the poor journalism skills of another, it would be wise to make sure your own writings follow the simple rules we begin to learn in second grade.

  5. Anonymous muse

    1. It was never published in The Herald. It was only handed out internally where students could approach the writer and find out if it was a work of fiction.
    2. The store was closed and no longer existed there fore making it non liable.
    3. Yes the store was under investigation for food stamp fraud.
    4. Yes they were financially struggling.
    5. There is a saying by Benjamin Franklin…Don’t believe anything you hear and only half
    Of what you read.
    6. Learn to know the difference between fiction and non-fiction.

  6. Anonymous

    I don’t care ‘who’ writes an article or ‘how young they are’…. they need to learn to do research and fact check… what if the restaurant actually had closed due to a simple life situation–perhaps a death in the family?? then after the rumors… they would never be able to reopen! you can mess with someone’s life if you print false information– and it’s serious business…. we don’t need any more ‘Enquirer’ type writers Thanks!

  7. Anonymous

    Anonymous
    To anonymous parent.

    We’ll I don’t know where you got your false info. The Herald did not publish this addition of the HALS Scoop. Why don’t you verify that.

  8. Anonymous Parent

    This issue of the HALS Scoop was inserted into the New Britain Herald on Feb. 28th. The article went viral. This article never should have been published since the only source was YELP and they are not reliable. If you are overseeing these students you should know something about Journalism. You never publish anything without verification. You could be sued by the company for making false statements. The story in this article is an Urban Legend that has been around for years. Please let these students know that when they write false stories that there are serious consequences that could happen. Calling this a “mistake” means you are not taking this seriously. This was libelous. It not only made these students look bad but it tainted the reputation of the school.

  9. Anonymous

    How about they write about the history of the buffet, when it was open and about the circumstances that lead to the closure.

  10. Janet Rivera

    Dear Readers of the Central CT Post, HALS Scoop, Facebook Followers and the New Britain Community. As you can see The HALS Scoop has retracted the article and apologizes for the error. I would like to remind people that these are students writing these articles and are learning about Journalism the good and the not so good of it. Retracting stories is part of the learning process as well in learning if their sources are reliable.Local papers do it all the time. I strongly believe that we need to be encouraging our kids, especially when they demonstrate the desire to learn. HALS SCOOP has also printed other articles that highlights their school,teachers, holidays, the community, school sports,technology and a restaurant review Which I feel all the young writers had worked very hard on.

  11. Aimee Pozorski

    Dear Readers of the Central CT Post: The February issue of the HALS Scoop has already been withdrawn from the school website due to this error, and a formal retraction will be forthcoming in our next issue. As the parent volunteer supporting the paper, I would like to apologize for the mistake, and take responsibility for it. The paper is a middle school paper, by middle school students, as a learning experience for young writers. And while I help students edit their stories as best I can, in this case I should’ve done more to contact the health inspector directly. The students and I will discuss this fully at our next meeting, and we hope you continue to read their work. While issues are currently printed only for HALS students, perhaps in the future we will have a wider circulation.
    Sincerely yours, Aimee Pozorski