A couple of weeks ago, the seniors at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami, Florida held their graduation ceremony. It was in-person, though graduates sat with plenty of space between the seats and with everyone wearing masks.
At one point during the ceremony, the school’s president, Father Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, asked everyone to join him in singing a hymn. You can see it at the 2:17:47 mark in the video below:
You may have noticed a weird jump cut in that segment. He says “I invite you all to please stand together with me… and we offer together.”
Why was that edit there?
According to the Miami Herald‘s Colleen Wright, the unedited live-streamed version of the ceremony included a very disturbing comment that was later removed. See if you can guess why.
“I invite you all to please stand together with me,” [García-Tuñón] said. “I know that we’re supposed to be wearing our masks but I’m going to ask you to take it off for this song. You can put it on afterwards.”
You know where this story is going:
… A few days later on June 20, the school sent out a notification that a sibling of a graduate who attended the graduation tested positive for coronavirus. The same day that email was sent out, the school learned that the graduate also tested positive.
In short, the school urged everyone to wear a mask, then asked everyone to take them off and participate in an activity that rendered the masks useless.
It’s absolutely irresponsible behavior from the head of the school even if that graduate and his or her sibling tested positive for reasons other than the ceremony. The fact that the school then tried to cover it up tells us they knew the instructions were improper.
The Herald goes on to say that photos from the graduation ceremony show “large groups” of audience members without masks. So it’s not just one idiot official. It’s an administration that doesn’t enforce sensible rules during a pandemic. It’s a whole Jesuit school full of adults who haven’t learned anything over the past several months.
Good luck to those graduates. They’re going to need it.
(Thanks to E2 for the link)