Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Parents and their teenage child are charged for throwing a party for 60 students that forced their Massachusetts high school to switch to remote learning

 Two parents as well as their high school-aged child have been charged with providing alcohol to minors and violating social host laws in Massachusetts after hosting a party with up to 60 other teenagers.  

Police were called to the party in Sudbury, which is about 22 miles outside of Boston, on Friday, September 11. They reported that between 50 and 60 high schoolers were were there and they were not observing social distancing, and masks were not being worn. 

Dozens of teenagers fled into nearby woods, and several others gave false names, making it difficult for Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School officials to identify who to isolate and forcing the school to shelve in-person learning. 

The parents involved have not been named, but they are facing charges for violating the state's social host law in Framingham District Court. Their child was charged in Framingham Juvenile Court. 

Around 60 students from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High attended a house party just outside of Boston

Around 60 students from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High attended a house party just outside of Boston

The school at which the teens attended, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High, has now shifted to remote learning instead of adopting a hybrid model as a result of the mass gathering

The school at which the teens attended, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High, has now shifted to remote learning instead of adopting a hybrid model as a result of the mass gathering

The party appears to go directly against measures put in place by the school district that saw remote learning introduced from the very start of the school year. 

Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School had originally intended to operate a hybrid model with some students attending for some of the time before rotating with other groups.

However, last week it shelved such plans and decided to go fully towards remote learning when police revealed they had been called to break up the party.     

Police have had trouble tracking down all those who attended the party after dozens ran off into nearby woods and several others gave false names

Police have had trouble tracking down all those who attended the party after dozens ran off into nearby woods and several others gave false names

Officials are having some difficulty identifying exactly who went to the the party after Superintendent and Principal Bella Wong said around 15 students ran into the woods.

A further 13 students deliberately gave the police false names.  

'After the intensity of hard work and planning that has been done to be able to start school with students in-person, we are profoundly disappointed at this sudden change of plans,' Principal Wong wrote in a letter to parents.   

The Sudbury Board of Health is now requesting anyone who went the party to be tested for COVID-19 and to notify both the Health Department and the school district if students suddenly start to show symptoms of coronavirus.

The school was going to have some students attend for a couple of weeks at a time while other groups learned remotely. Now, the entire school has shifted online

The school was going to have some students attend for a couple of weeks at a time while other groups learned remotely. Now, the entire school has shifted online

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