Competition of a different kind
Since Amherst Regional High School officials overreacted to the initial incident by declaring a "lockdown" over two errant assistant coaches from Smith Vocational High School, no big shock they are now blowing the whistle on the earnest young recruiters ... which may not look good on their resumes.
Since both assistant coaches signed in the day they visited ARHS obviously they were not trying to hide anything. And by not signing out they only demonstrated unfamiliarity with a security system that is a tad confusing.
Smith Vocational High School, operated by our sister city to the west, Northampton, is one of two vocational schools that attracts away Amherst Regional students (thereby impacting the school's budget via payouts).
Between Smith Vocational and Franklin County Technical ARHS lost 38 students this year.So maybe there's a measure of payback involved in this bit of hyperbole.
Of course when the shoe was on the other foot ...
The past four months in the Amherst schools have been a three ring circus.
Continuous lockdowns, racist graffiti in the High School bathrooms targeting a teacher of color, and a racial bullying incident (that did not fit the PC agenda) that lead to a Facebook "threat" that closed the High School.
Fortunately the senior prom went off last Friday without incident (or at least any incidents that required police intervention). This Friday ARHS graduation is hosted at the Mullins Center, which seemingly straddles three police jurisdictions -- Hadley, Amherst and UMPD.
According to APD Chief Livingstone:
"I have met with school officials and with Chief Horvath of UMPD regarding the High School graduation and after graduation party and I’m confident that the security measures planned will be adequate and sufficient.
Our goal is that it is a safe and enjoyable evening for all of those in attendance…"