Update in response to Texas A&M University at Galveston – Statement on cell phone video – May 29, 2018:
The Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs boarded the USTS Kennedy Tuesday evening. He has spoken with all parties involved in yesterday’s incident. He also addressed all cadets onboard during a meeting this morning with regards to yesterday.
The Texas A&M Maritime Academy Superintendent arrived today and is working with all cadets, crew, faculty and staff onboard to ensure the 2018 Summer Sea Term remains a safe and positive educational experience for all.
The staff member involved in yesterday’s incident was there to support onboarding and assist in facilitating Coast Guard inspections prior to departure. He was never intended to sail with the ship and is returning to Galveston today.
This year’s sea term marks the first time Texas A&M Galveston cadets will sail together as an entire academy in 12 years. The TS Kennedy was activated by MARAD to be temporarily chartered to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy for use as an at-sea traveling classroom. The academy expected close to 300 cadets onboard for this summer’s cruise.
A version of the video posted anonymously on Youtube is below:
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