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Concord students react to parking flap

This sign was posted to warn Concord High School students to not park in the lot owned by Cumberland Farms. (Annmarie Timmins / Monitor staff)

This sign was posted to warn Concord High School students to not park in the lot owned by Cumberland Farms. (Annmarie Timmins / Monitor staff)

When Cumberland Farms had students’ cars towed away from the shuttered convenience store across the street from Concord High School, it caused a kerfuffle. Such a kerfuffle, in fact, that the company eventually decided to pay the towing fees and give each aggrieved family a $100 gift certificate. We asked six Concord High students what they thought about it. You’ll find their responses below.

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Students’ actions can be justified

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cumberland Farms versus Concord High School students and families: That is the big debate around campus lately. Cumberland Farms’ lot has been vacant for many months now that Red & Gold closed, and CHS student drivers have taken parking matters into their own hands. At present students have three options when it comes to school transport: take the bus, park …

Cars were rightfully towed

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The lesson to be learned is to have situational awareness. Concord High School students had been told prior to this towing incident not to go over to Red & Gold during school hours, when the store was still operating, due to concerns that the store sold a synthetic drug, or “fake marijuana” called K2 or Spice. Even back when the …

Unfair to other CHS students

Thursday, December 19, 2013

I think Cumberland Farms gave students plenty of notice. The store was closed, so the lot was empty every day, but signs said “No Parking.” That Cumberland Farms paid students or their families back to cover towing fees, plus gave them $100 gift cards, basically rewarded them for bad behavior. This is not fair for students who park far away …

Situation could have been avoided

Thursday, December 19, 2013

I heard about the parking controversy the day of the event, when some of my peers parked in the closed Red & Gold lot that is owned by Cumberland Farms. I heard firsthand from someone who had parked there but had been lucky enough to move before others got towed. I believe the students had discussed the possibility of getting …

Bigger issue: Not enough parking

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Several days ago, some Concord High School students parked in the vacant Cumberland Farms lot across the street. After a couple hours of being parked in this “No Parking” zone, cars were towed, and students’ families had to pay nearly $200 each to the towing company. This event sparked outrage, causing the company to reimburse the families and give them …

We are not children anymore

Thursday, December 19, 2013

When news first broke of students being towed from the vacant parking lot owned by Cumberland Farms, I thought it didn’t seem very fair because students were not aware that consequences could be severe. Then I told myself that it might be good for students to experience how the real world works. We aren’t children anymore. I was satisfied with …

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