Clemson student apologizes for throwing party during 'China virus'

Zoe Nicholson
Greenville News

A Clemson University student who threw a party where police said over 100 people attended last weekend has apologized to the city, according to a copy of an email obtained by The Greenville Newsand Independent Mail. 

The student emailed Clemson City Attorney Mary McCormac and explained the situation was a birthday party "that got out of control."

Clemson police dispersed the party on Edgewood Ave. around 11:30 the night of April 3rd after multiple calls from neighbors. 

The student told McCormac he did not expect such a large crowd.

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"I understand the China virus is a very real and dangerous thing that is effecting (sic) everyone," the student wrote. 

COVID-19 has been referred to as "the China Virus" by President Donald Trump because China is where one of the first and largest outbreaks of the respiratory virus took place. It is not an official name for the virus, according to the World Health Organization. 

"I thoroughly apologize for my negligence and not being mature enough not to follow government protocol."

The student added he would not throw or allow any others to throw gatherings at the home until the pandemic is over. 

"I will work with the community to help contain and limit any spread of the China virus."

The property owners listed for the home are Timberlake Properties LLC and AHOP 143 LLC.

The student was not identified by McCormac, who received the apology after she sent a letter to his father.

Zoe covers Clemson for The Greenville News and Independent Mail. Reach her at znicholson@gannett.com or Twitter @zoenicholson_