The acting chancellor from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, Gerry Kavanaugh, has issued a statement denying CBS Films accessibility school’s campus. The man convicted within the Boston Marathon bombing attended the?school and filmmakers were looking to shoot scenes there to have an upcoming movie concerning the tragic attack.
Reuters reporter Joseph Ax writes that Kavanaugh turned down the request, saying it would be “too disruptive to the campus community.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would be a sophomore at the university as he and his brother Tamerlan ignited two bombs in the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264?others.
Scheduled to be sold in December, “Patriots’ Day” stars Mark Wahlberg.
Kavanaugh added that the school’s administration had conversed with students, staff, faculty, along with other interested parties before they rendered a decision.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed inside a police confrontation in Watertown, Massachusetts, and the brother was convicted and sentenced to death.
The film’s team also asked to shoot scenes locally where the police found Tamerlan, but Watertown leaders did not think the filming would be in the welfare of the town.
A spokesperson for that film said they\’d investigated places where the actual events took place, but they were set on respecting those who had been affected by the event.
Two UMass Dartmouth students who have been friends of Dzhokhar were sentenced to prison because of tampering with evidence, and another was sentenced for lying to the police.
Alexandra Koktsidis of the Boston Globe quoted Kavanaugh, who said the university is:
\”… hopeful that the movie does justice to the many courageous victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy as well as their families, as well as the public safety officers who demonstrated such selfless dedication for their duty.\”
CBS Films stated that they are scouting alternate locations, but were concentrating on making a film that will?make Boston proud.
Some students who spoke with WJAR-TV’s Matt Reed on Sunday said they were disappointed the movie wouldn\’t be shooting on their own campus.
“I think that bringing the movie here will give the public some awareness of what we went through as students,” said Senior Lindsey Menuier.
“I am talking about this is where it happened so if you tried to film elsewhere it would kind of ruin the entire point of the film,” said Freshman Kyle Penniman.
Massachusetts doesn\’t have the death penalty, but Tsarnaev’s actions were federal offenses, and also the federal government can transport out executions. One of the caveats given to the jurors?in the trial from the Boston Marathon bomber was that the possibility of the death penalty could not be eliminated.
But the attitudes of the American public and policies in many states have caused an impressive shift in the way in which executions are regarded. Opponents see them as “revenge killing by the state,” while legal matters and logistics, such as executions which have been botched and prisoners who have been found innocent after execution, have made some?reconsider their stances on capital punishment, according to Brad Knickerbocker,?writing?for that Christian Science Monitor.