Peter Levine couldn’t convince his son to come home early from spring break amid the coronavirus outbreak, so he locked the young man out of the house.
As Levine and other residents of Nanuet, New York, were at home trying to avoid the spreading virus, Matt Levine and his college buddies were partying in South Padre Island, Texas, the New York Post reported. Peter Levine tried to reason with his son.
“I spoke with him every day and told him that maybe they should come home,” he told the Post. “I was aggravated. The news here was getting worse and worse. Matt sent me pictures of him and his friends congregating outdoors and listening to live music. It’s the scene you would not want to be in.”
Finally, Levine, a 52-year-old salesman, told Matt Levine he was no longer welcome to come home with his friends after the vacation, as they’d planned.
“His grandparents live here and there is no need to expose them to god knows what he had been exposed to!” Peter Levine said.
Last weekend, as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered a statewide lockdown, Matt Levine and his friends gave up on the festivities, which were dwindling anyway.
“We were only allowed to go to the beach in small groups and couldn’t have speakers; by then, there was basically no one on the island,” said Matt Levine, a senior sports management major at Springfield College in Massachusetts. “The police seemed like they were trying to ruin our good time.”
Despite widespread flight cancelations, Matt Levine and his crew managed to catch their plane. After being rerouted through Tennessee, they landed in New York.
However, Peter Levine stood strong. He refused to pick the young men up from the airport and, when they arrived at the house via car service, blocked them from coming in.
“They got out of the car [from the airport] near our driveway and I said, ‘Stay right there! Do not go any further!” Levine said. “I love my son, but they were not sleeping here. I said, ‘If any of you have to pee, we have some bushes.’ Two of them took me up on it.”
Levine did show his son some mercy, though. He had filled the trunk of the Gen Z’ers car with groceries and left him $300 cash in an envelope for the two-and-a-half-hour drive back to Massachusetts.
Like most American colleges, Springfield has closed the campus. But Levine and his friends, whose parents also reportedly don’t want them home, will have to stay in their off-campus house until further notice.