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Arlington High Kicked Out Of MFA After Students Jump On Historic Bed

By Kathy Curran, WBZ-TV

ARLINGTON (CBS) – School buses roll into the Museum of Fine Arts so students can learn about art and culture. But Thursday, an Arlington High field trip went awry thanks to a couple of students.

The group of sophomores was touring the Art of Americas wing when a student breached security, ducked under the rope and jumped on a bed that dates back to the 1800’s.

Jillian Winstanley was on the field trip and says she’s disappointed a few kids ruined such a great opportunity.

“It was a great experience, I had never been to the MFA, my friends hadn’t either. It could’ve been a great time but I’m disappointed a few kids ruined the entire thing,” says Jillian. “You just have to think twice and use your common sense.”

Luckily nothing was broken, but the Arlington students caused enough of a problem that they had to be escorted out. The superintendent says it’s all under investigation.

Word of kids not respecting art is especially troubling to Elizabeth Minzes and Nicole Drehar. Elizabeth works at a museum and says, “I’m someone who loves history preservation so it’s important to me, so hearing something like that, history being destroyed cause someone wants to jump on a bed.”

Drehar adds, “They’re at that age but you have to be respectful of the art. Maybe they’ll be next time if they’re allowed here again.”

It’s a lesson in respect and consequences, three students face suspension.

The Arlington superintendent of schools tells WBZ that museum officials complimented the majority of the students who apologized to the museum for their classmates’ regrettable behavior. She says Arlington high is invited back to the museum.

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