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Students’ actions can be justified

Kyler Thayer.<br/>Courtesy photo

Kyler Thayer.
Courtesy photo

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 as far away as White Park and walk 10 minutes to school, or get lucky as a senior and win a coveted parking space in the annual raffle.

But senior parking off Warren Street can only accommodate 75 cars, buses can be loud and crowded, and – let’s admit it – walking roadways and sidewalks coated with snow and black ice is no fun either.

So can the actions of students who parked in the Cumberland Farms lot be justified?

Absolutely.

Cumberland Farms did put up “No Parking” signs around its lot, but this was done just days before the towing. Putting up signs seems to have been the only proactive thing the company did to keep students from parking there.

While a corporate spokesman claimed the company did reach out to students through school administration, Lisa Lamb, administrative assistant to the principal, said nobody ever talked to her. The school resource officer also denies having received any warnings from Cumberland Farms officials.

Families of students complained to Cumberland Farms about the towing and related bills of almost $200.

Their complaints didn’t go unheard.

Cumberland Farms reached out to the families and told them it would reimburse them for the towing charges. On top of that the company gave families $100 gift cards to their store. A nice Christmas present.

KYLER THAYER, senior

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