The parents of three freshmen from UMass Amherst, who were kicked out of school for being caught off campus with their masks down when the “Blarney Blowout” began, have signed up as attorneys and are ready for a fight.
Each family lost $ 16,000, and the young women lost two semesters of college for not wearing masks in a courtyard in early March. A photo of the maskless students, a parent told the Herald, was shared with administrators.
“It’s ugly to start this culture of the rat. The picture is all they have … and their heels are deeply engraved, ”one of the fathers told the Herald on Monday evening.
“The UMass administration is so uninterested in compassion or any reasonable solution,” he added, saying he will accept the loss of $ 16,000 if students can simply go back to school. “That was a nightmare.”
A UMass spokesman, who only answered written questions, said the university had “assessed” more than 1,000 COVID-19 protocol violations in the spring and “no student was suspended for simply not wearing a mask”. The sentences ranged from “eviction, parole, dormitory removal and suspension”.
The three freshmen who were kicked off campus in March were at a time when the school was at higher risk.
“On the weekend of March 6-7, more than 10 UMass Amherst students were suspended from attending parties large and small. This happened at a time when the campus was at increased risk during the pandemic and had emerged from strict high-risk restrictions precisely due to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases, “UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski said in a statement.
But the UMass ice hockey team’s national championship parade a month later, parents argue, included results seen in photos on social media with masks down – including UMass president Martin Meehan.
“UMass had strict guidelines, but it is hypocritical that they should be fine until everything is thrown out the window,” added the angry father, referring to the hockey parade.
“The girls had their masks off for a minute. I think this is more about the Blarney Blowout Party, ”said the father, who asked that only his first name Scott be used when trying to protect his daughter while negotiating with the university.
Regarding the freshman photo shared with School Brass, the UMass spokesman wrote, “Review of student behavior cases is governed by the Student Code of Conduct. Students and witnesses will be interviewed, and the process welcomes the presentation of evidence in assessing cases. “
Scott added, “They were just taking a picture outside on a fine day after seeing a friend. … It’s just disgusting and horrific. “