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Widespread Vandalism Reported at Middlebury College Ahead of Campus Closure

Widespread Vandalism Reported at Middlebury College Ahead of Campus Closure

“One worker said he has seen items like fans and microwaves thrown out of windows”

Middlebury College is closing its campus due to Coronavirus, like so many other schools. Some students are not responding well to this news.

The Middlebury Campus reports:

Vandalism spikes as students prepare to leave campus

Faced with the sudden reality that their semesters would likely be ending, many Middlebury students spent their nights before the mandatory Covid-19-related evacuation partying, drinking and vandalizing the campus and town in abundance. Damage has included broken glass, stolen signs, strewn garbage, smashed furniture and windows, and items thrown into trees. Facilities staff are spending the weekend cleaning up messes across campus.

Normally, two employees must walk the campus twice a week for two hours to clear the campus of trash and hazards outside, explained College Landscape Horticulturist and Staff Council President Tim Parsons. On Thursday and Friday, it took teams of five entire days.

“There are seniors seeing people maybe for the last time ever, I get it,” Parsons said. “But why take it out on other people here? You’re part of a community.”

On Friday morning, as a group of five landscapers prepared to secure buildings that will be closed to students in the coming weeks, they reflected on spending the last two days walking around the campus picking up broken glass and demolished items.

One worker said he has seen items like fans and microwaves thrown out of windows, and that at least 10 to 15 soap dispensers have been ripped off the walls in residential halls and smashed.

Others expressed concern for dogs and students walking across the campus who might be injured by the shards of glass strewn in the grass and on sidewalks.

Some landscapers had to wrestle bikes, bike racks and other large items down from trees.


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But no toilet paper hanging in the trees this time.

I’ll bet their parents are proud of their spawn for “taking action.”
What an utter disgrace.

Dantzig93101 | March 17, 2020 at 1:40 pm

The vandals are just following precedent, since Middlebury previously established that criminal behavior such as riots and attacks on campus speakers would go unpunished.

The sooner that Middlebury closes permanently, the better.

The Friendly Grizzly | March 17, 2020 at 2:02 pm

If a kid of mine did that, he’d be dragged home by the scruff of his neck. I’d drop him in front of some back-labor temp agency like ManPower, and tell him, “Work for a living. You are on your own!”

Oh, and, the cell phone I’m paying for would be taken, shut off, or both.

SeekingRationalThought | March 17, 2020 at 4:03 pm

You know, when I was in college, we worried about being sent to Viet Nam but we didn’t pull crap like this (and I was at a college similar to Middlebury, Grinnell). I know I’ve become old and crotchety, but also realistic. These kids are rubbish. We were too, in some ways. Its comes with the growing up process. But we were better than this.

I spent 1 semester in the dorm at Chico state and experienced something like this. My roommate had a speech impediment and was a real geek. Some of those on our floor decided to harass him and me and right before finals a couple of them were kicked out of the dorm. They and their friends punched a bunch of large holes in the walls and some idiots threw a chair out a 4th floor at the wife of the guy in charge of the dorm. These idiots were children just out of high school and needed to suffer the consequences of their behavior.

My alma mater, I’m ashamed to admit. The utterly feckless current Administration has perpetually enabled and tolerated the infantile, self-entitled, selfish and thuggish antics of the SJW bullies and spoiled brats who now seem to comprise the majority of the student body.

Middlebury has thoroughly disgraced itself, time and time again. If I ever have kids, I would rather give my child $250,000 in cash to travel or start a business, and attend a state university, rather than attend this Marxist-Leninist indoctrination camp.

These students have been taught that bad behavior will not be punished. It’s probably the only lesson they learned well. Once you create a mob attitude you end up getting a mob. No surprises here.