This past Saturday night, following Notre Dame’s huge win over Clemson, thousands of the school’s students rushed the field to celebrate. The school president has issued a letter to the student body in the aftermath, telling them they won’t be allowed to leave South Bend until they’ve received a negative COVID test.
The letter, which went viral on Monday, is being met with a great deal of backlash.
Many are pointing out that Jenkins himself contracted COVID likely after attending an event for the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court just a month ago. He was spotted not wearing a mask at the event.
Notre Dame students who don’t abide by the school’s wishes will not be able to register for classes next semester.
Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins tells students they won’t be allowed to leave South Bend until they take and receive test results for COVID-19.
The punishment for noncompliance?
An inability to register for classes next semester.
Full letter 👇 pic.twitter.com/qSfhH6pSbW
— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) November 9, 2020
Letter from the Rev. John Jenkins, who likely contracted COVID-19 while attending a White House Rose Garden ceremony while maskless, calls field rush by #NotreDame students “very disappointing.” Students must comply with testing requests or receive a registration hold. https://t.co/3Fw10d5hae
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 9, 2020
Just a month after testing positive for COVID after attending the White House super spreader event, Notre Dame’s president sends letter to students scolding them for storming the field on Saturday night pic.twitter.com/zS8kBiTVdc
— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) November 9, 2020
COVID-19, unfortunately, is starting to explode in the United States again. A number of college football games have already been cancelled for this coming weekend.
Notre Dame’s victory was huge for the Fighting Irish’s football program. Hopefully the celebration doesn’t turn out to be a super-spreader event, as the Supreme Court nomination wound up being.
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