It has been a year since the Covid-19 pandemic put a hard stop to mass gatherings and parties. While countries are slowly opening up, the threat of infection is still very real.
However, for some University of Colorado students blatantly disregarded Covid-19 regulations and threw a massive party on “The Hill” area of the Boulder campus. Police officials had to intervene as the gathering got out of hand and most of the attendees were not even masked.
The super spreader event, also turned violent later as students reportedly flipped cars and damaged other properties. Some party-goers even refused to leave when Boulder Police arrived to scatter the crowd following which the city’s SWAT had to descend on the scene.
CU Boulder released a statement following Saturday’s events explaining it’s knowledge of the situation. The school is threatening strict action against the students who were present as well as condemning their behavior.
“We condemn this conduct. It is unacceptable and irresponsible, particularly in light of the volume of training, communication and enforcement the campus and city have dedicated to ensuring compliance with COVID-19 public health orders. CU Boulder will not tolerate any of our students engaging in acts of violence or damaging property,”
The school’s administration also clarified the disciplinary actions it plans to take against unruly students.
“Disciplinary actions include interim exclusions from campus and 45 suspensions so far this academic year. We will continue to take these actions to make clear that protecting our community and our campus is of utmost importance and that we will not tolerate such violations. Any student who is found responsible for having engaged in acts of violence toward the law enforcement or other first responders will be removed from CU Boulder and not readmitted”
It is truly sad to see such irresponsible behavior at such a crucial point of the pandemic. We also wish for the speedy recovery of the injured police officers.