SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Local officials have raised concerns that a coffee shop on State Street operated by Scott Lively, a pastor who made a name for himself as an anti-gay activist, has attracted students from the nearby High School of Commerce, including teenage truants.
Superintendent of Schools Alan J. Ingram was among officials Friday who said he is concerned that truants have been enticed to visit the Holy Grounds Coffee House during school hours by the “lure of free coffee and tolerance of their presence.”
City officials and the School Department have alerted truancy officers and police to monitor the situation, said Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. Officials have gone into the coffee shop a number of occasions to escort children back to school and to talk to the owner, Lively, or the manager, officials said.
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