For Frost site vandals, classroom penance on Frost

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A group of young people charged in a December incident in which a former home of poet Robert Frost was vandalized are getting a lesson in Frost as part of their punishment.

Twenty-eight people were accused in the December 28th incident in Ripton that left the Homer Noble Farm house in shambles, with broken windows and wrecked furniture. Police say a group of teenagers had an underage drinking party in the house that turned destructive.

Now, they’re atoning, with the help of Middlebury College professor Jay Parini, a Frost biographer who’s giving two lessons as part of a court diversion program.

Last week, in the first session, Parini used “The Road Not Taken” and another Frost poem to help illustrate to the vandals that life is a series of choices and that choices have consequences.

The second session is scheduled for today in Middlebury.

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