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Students asked to leave Museum of Fine Arts after they hop on an antique bed

Posted by Your Town  May 26, 2012 09:47 AM

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Three Arlington High School students were kicked out of the Museum of Fine Arts this week after they entered a display and two of them got on an antique bed, causing it to collapse.

The students faced "'appropriate consequences'' and school officials sent out a memo to parents late Friday afternoon.

"There is no permanent damage to the display. The supports to the bed were reassembled and the display has been restored to its original condition. There is no damage to the bed itself,'' said Mary Villano, iinterim principal at Arlington High, wrote in an email to parents.

According to Villano's email, the episode occurred Thursday when 250 Arlington High sophomores attended a field trip at the museum. Near the end of the visit, three students entered a display and two of them went on top of an antique bed, causing it to collapse.

Security personnel at the museum asked the students involved to leave. The rest of the students also left, some of them apologizing to museum staffers on the way out the door, she said.

Arlington police and school staff investigated the incident and also met with the museum's top security officer, Craig McQuate, according to the principal's email.

"He assured us that there was no permanent damage to the display. He stated emphatically that they recognized this was an unfortunate incident and that “the actions of these students do not reflect on the entire school,'' ' she wrote in the email.

Arlington High will not be charged for the incident and the school is welcome back at the museum, she said.

"As an administration, we have addressed the incident with the students responsible for the incident as well as their parents. Appropriate consequences have been assigned,'' Villano wrote. "We hope that this can now be put to rest and that our sophomores can remember the positive aspects of the visit to the museum.''


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