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Students break bed in MFA exhibit

By Amanda Cedrone
Globe Correspondent / May 28, 2012
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Two Arlington High School students have been suspended after causing a bed on exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to collapse by sitting and jumping on it, said school principal Mary Villano.

Approximately 260 sophomores were on a history field trip to the museum on Thursday when a female student sat on a bed that was being displayed in the Art of the Americas wing, said Villano. A male student followed suit and proceeded to jump on the bed, causing it to collapse, Villano said.

A third student also entered the display area and took pictures. She is facing a lesser suspension, Villano said.

The students were asked by security to leave the museum. Because there were only about 15 minutes left in the field trip, the head chaperone decided it was time for everyone to head home, Villano said.

“That was pretty much the end of the trip,” Villano said.

The students involved will be expected to pay restitution for the labor required to put the display back together, Villano said.

The behavior of the three students should not reflect on the rest of the students on the field trip or on the high school as a whole, she said, adding that the school was invited back to the museum for future trips.

“Many of the staff members from the [Museum of Fine Arts] complimented them on their behavior,” Villano said. “They felt Arlington was a great school.”

A spokeswoman for the museum did not immediately return calls for comment.

Amanda Cedrone can be reached at acedrone@globe.com.

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