UMass Dartmouth is coming under fire for refusing to release school records for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as well as the other students possibly involved in covering up the plot, citing the students' right to privacy outweighs the public's right to know.
This latest news comes amid reports that Dzhokhar was still attending the university, even though he owed the school $20K in unpaid tuition and room and board and had failing grades. UMass says they won't confirm or deny any information about him or other suspects, if those suspects were given public funding.
In a statement to the Boston Herald, UMass spokesperson John Hoey said, "We are prohibited from releasing such records ... Our interpretation of the law indicates that that information is confidential."
However, other area state colleges attended by Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police, did release such records ... because "reporters asked."
"We believe we are well within our legal rights to release the information that we did," the state's education department said in a statement.
Republican Massachusetts state Senator Robert Hedlund says the public does indeed have the right to know how their tax dollars are being spent, adding that "once you engage in the kinds of activities these punks engaged in, you forfeit whatever right to privacy remains."