The MFA issued an apology and posted on its website on Wednesday after a group of middle-school students from the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy in Dorchester had a less than pleasant experience last week at the museum. According to the Boston Globe, 30 seventh-grade students were on the trip, all of them students of color. One MFA employee reportedly said the kids, “no food, no drink, and no watermelon.”
And it wasn’t just an employee who treated them terribly. It’s reported that one patron made a comment to a female student and told her to pay attention so she could avoid becoming as a stripper, while another patron referenced a group of students as “(expletive) black kids.” SMH.
You can read the full Globe story here. And you can read the apology here.