Police: Youth Seriously Hurt in Vail Road Incident

Authorities say there's no threat to the community.

A township youth was seriously injured in an incident Monday afternoon at a Vail Road residence, said.

Several Parsippany police cars were reported at the site at about 1:30 p.m.

An active investigation is underway to determine what happened and why, according to a department spokesperson. 

Shortly thereafter, Principal Natalie Betz made an announcement to students, faculty and staff that a student had been seriously injured that afternoon. Betz said counselors would be available for students in need.

The injured student was not identified.

Police said no further information will be released due to policies regarding "age and patient confidentiality."

The public at large is not in danger, officials assured.

CAZ April 17, 2012 at 03:26 AM
I couldn't have said it better Todd.
Selene April 17, 2012 at 03:32 AM
"Patient confidentialty" the news article gave it away. Hope the child gets the help he/she needs. So sad.
Patch3 April 17, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Couldn't agree more with Todd..well said!. Prayers go out to the family.
Bernice miller April 17, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Please delete the ptown comment. It is mean spirited and unnecessary.
PeoplesChamp April 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM
fortunately, in this country you don't have the right to not be offended. in any event, how is there no coverage whatsoever, here or otherwise, on a story involving a gun and a minor?
MamaD April 17, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Prayers for the injured, the family and all the friends of both who are all suffering at this time. I hope everyone recovers and can in time heal from this.
Louise Ciccone April 17, 2012 at 03:46 PM
PeoplesChamp - where did it say anything about a gun?
PeoplesChamp April 17, 2012 at 04:04 PM
small town, word spreads...
Carole A. Schwarz April 17, 2012 at 04:41 PM
We are not getting any information from anywhere. I called the high school this morning and was not given any information other than a vague phone and e mail message that a student was seriously hurt at home and "an announcement will be made to the students this morning". How are we supposed to pray for this kid. Is he even alive? I pray to God he is.
Carole A. Schwarz April 17, 2012 at 04:42 PM
our prayers are with the family. the Schwarz family
VietNam Vet April 17, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Michael, thats all I'm asking is what happened? It just says an incident happened but nothing else. I am not trying to hide anything, I don't hide behind dumb name on here like some others. Im asking what happened, thats all.
VietNam Vet April 17, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Bernice, why don't you read carefully and see what the story says, NOTHING an incident happened thats all, I'm asking what happened I'm not trying to say I don't care about the kid or the family. I just want to know WHAT HAPPENED?
Colleen Hockey April 17, 2012 at 05:10 PM
My thoughts and Prayers go out to this child, family and friends.
Skydivn01 April 17, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Unfortunately PeoplesChamp is correct. This is a terrible tragedy and a time that prayers need to go out to this child and his family. But I will say...as a parent I know some of you were annoyed at ptown's choice of words.. but the message can't be dismissed.
Todd M. Finchler April 17, 2012 at 09:41 PM
We live in an age of instant information. Just 20 years ago, we had to wait 20 minutes for the weather report. Now, you can get weather on demand. Cable news made immediacy more important than accuracy. Sometimes, a pause is a good thing. Right now, there is a local family that has to deal with a sad, private situation that became public because the police were called. This family did not invite the public into its home, but some think nothing of inviting themselves in and asking questions they would not want asked of their own families if they were in crisis. Now is the time for prayers and good wishes - not indictments or snap judgments.
Patching up April 17, 2012 at 11:19 PM
A comment is posted and the details are not provided, you can't blame someone for asking a question. The person in question is alive. In all fairness this post should have never been started. Pray and hope for a positive outcome.
JohnnyAppleSeed April 18, 2012 at 03:58 AM
The message that Natalie Betz left on parents phones yesterday was unprofessional and vague. I happen to be a parent of a student in Parsippany High School as soon as I heard the message I went into panic mode and desperately tried to contact my daughter from work. Her mother was also trying to get in touch with her because she received the same message. Meantime the school was not taking any calls. Lucky my daughter called me back which was a sigh of relief. What kid did to himself was sad, luckily he is still alive. Hopefully someone is able to get through to him in order to help.
Phs1999999 April 18, 2012 at 06:07 AM
I dont get it. What matters to all of you? The situation or the outcome? Whether he got hit by a truck or struck by lightning or anything else; all that matters is that he recovers and the family recovers emotionally. Forget what went wrong it happened and none of that matters. All that matters is that your prayers are with him to recover. And if you don't believe in god that you hope he recovers out of respect. This is nobodies fault and is not the time for accusations. For all you know this is a family who has sacrificed for your children anonymously. God be with them and the youth.
VietNam Vet April 18, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Sky, it seems many of the people here can't and don't read very well, I asked a simple question "What Happened here"? but no one is looking at that. I don't know how anybody on here ever got through school, they must have went to school in Parsippany. The story didn't say what happened, just an incident happened, what is an incident. I have no idea how you can start a story and not say what happened, it one of the first rules of journalism, Who, What How When and Why. Furthermore I do care and our prayer go out to the family, with whatever happened.
Mary April 18, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I went to school in Parsippany, and I learned that "must have went" is incorrect. I also learned that personal insults unrelated to the subject matter are the hallmark of an individual who cannot or will not debate respectfully. I learned that "something happened" is, in fact, information - whether further details are forthcoming or not. And I learned that when a tragedy has occurred, it's critical to be sensitive to the individuals affected, including balancing respect for their privacy very carefully against the public's "need" or "right" to know all the details of the incident. Where did you go to school, and what did you learn? - Mary
Skydivn01 April 18, 2012 at 07:13 PM
PHS... the problem here is that a youth is seriously hurt and it has peaked the publics interest as to the how and why of the incident. Nobody has stated that they didn't want him to recover.. it has been quite the contrary.. but you can not stop public interest when a minor is hurt. Johnny... I agree with you. I received the same call and my stomach dropped until I had heard back from my son. Todd... you're correct, however when a minor is hurt through what potentially could be considered negligence.. it gets attacked. Wouldn't be any different than if a drunk driver seriously hurt a minor. The public wouldn't give the drunk driver any leeway for his or her negligence...would you?
VietNam Vet April 18, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Mary if you want to correct my grammar then go ahead, but nobody wants to address my question of "What Happened Here". You just want to criticize me but your not answering the "What or the who or the where or when". It doesn't matter where I went to school but no I did not go to school in this town, thankfully, and I also studied at Morris County maybe you didn't. Besides I am not hiding behind anything, what you se is what you get. There just seems no way to get through to you people because you don't want to see the real picture. You must be another Odumbo{Osama} supporter.
Noreen Ann Korsak April 19, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Todd...you are so right. The family needs support , friendship and love, and all of that comes in the form of a prayer and a candle. NOREEN KORSAK
PRS April 19, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I don't think anyone said anything inappropriate about the family. People, you need to relax. If the person who wrote this story could not provide more information, then what is the point in writing it. It should have never been written. Someone always wants to have an argument. Paul Brown did not saying anything wrong, except his comment "...they must have went to school in Parsippany" was unecessary.
CAZ April 20, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Praise God. He does hear our prayers. "patient" is doing better. My daughter, a very good friend of the injured, has barely eaten for 3 days. Thank you God for hearing our prayers. Continue the healing.
Carole A. Schwarz April 20, 2012 at 03:10 PM
How dare you make such a mean spirited comment when a family is grieving over their child being hurt. You don't even know what happened and are relying on the "word that is going around town" and you still have the ordacity to make a comment like that. And to scold the parents besides for "what they did"? Shame on you. And by the way, God does answer prayers.
Kevin April 20, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I can understand the police and press not mentioning the families names, but why not give any details about the incident? There is so little information in this story that Patch shouldn't have wasted their time printing it.
VietNam Vet April 21, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Selene, you are so wrong!!!! Whoever told you that prayers don't do anything is very wrong as well, believe me there is a God and he gives everyone a choice and your life is based on the choices you make, he will not get in the middle of your choices. They do work because I have seen it with my own eyes when my wife and I were involved in an accident with a drunk driver and she was left parilyzed from the neck down, and I had no idea what I was going to do and I prayed for a miracle and I got it and she has amazed me with her recovery since and I fell in love with my wife all over again and have been married now for 39 years and have tried to be there for each other. Prayers do work, you should try it sometime, you may find something you have been looking for.
VietNam Vet April 21, 2012 at 06:26 AM
Kevin, thats what I was trying to say in the begining, I wanted to know what happened and everyone miss the mark on my comment.
VietNam Vet April 21, 2012 at 06:32 AM
PRS, I said that because I have met many of the kids who went to High School here and didn't even know who Martha Washington was. I had one kid work for me who thought that when his ex-boss got dressed in a suit and went to meetings and came to work like that, He thought that his boss only got off on dressing like that, and this kid also had 2 years of collage, he had no clue as many of the kids here do.


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