Parents and their high school student are charged after throwing a house party for up to 60 other teens, forcing the Massachusetts school to switch to distance learning
- About 60 students attended a house party just outside of Boston
- Police were called to the house and charged the parents and their child
- Dozens fled into the nearby forest and several others gave false names, making it difficult for the school and police to track them down to make sure they were isolated
- The school the teens attended, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High, has been forced to switch to distance learning rather than adopt a hybrid model.
Two parents and their high school child have been accused of providing alcohol to minors and violating social guest laws in Massachusetts after hosting a party with up to 60 other teens.
Police were called to the party in Sudbury, about 22 miles outside Boston, on Friday, September 11. They reported that between 50 and 60 high school students attended and that they saw no social distance, and that no masks were worn. .
Dozens of teenagers fled into the nearby forests and several others gave false names, making it difficult for Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School officials to determine who to isolate and forcing the school to suspend personal education.
The parents involved have not been named, but they are accused by the Framingham District Court of violating guest social law. Their child was charged in Framingham Juvenile Court.
About 60 Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High students attended a house party just outside Boston
The school where the teens attended, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High, has now switched to distance learning rather than adopting a hybrid model as a result of the mass gathering
The party appears to be directly opposed to the measures of the school district where distance learning has been introduced from the beginning of the school year.
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School had originally planned to operate a hybrid model with some students attending some of the time before rotating with other groups.
Last week, however, it put such plans aside and decided to move fully to distance learning when police revealed they had been called to break the party.
Police have had trouble tracking down all those attending the party after dozens walked into nearby forests and gave several others false names
Officials are having some difficulty identifying exactly who went to the party after Chief Inspector and Warden Bella Wong said about 15 students ran into the woods.
Another 13 students intentionally gave the police false names.
“After the intensity of the hard work and planning that has gone into starting with students in person at school, we are deeply disappointed with this sudden change of plans,” Director Wong wrote in a letter to the parents.
The Sudbury Board of Health is now asking anyone who went to the party to get tested for COVID-19 and to notify both the health department and the school district if students suddenly start showing symptoms of coronavirus.
The school would have some students attend for a few weeks at a time, while other groups learned remotely. Now the entire school has shifted online