A group of students at a Florida college say they’ve been forced to abandon a class after a teacher refused to teach them to use a $500 Ram board.
The students were working on their first project as part of a master’s program and needed a board that would allow them to do wood cutting on their dorm room floors.
But when the student was preparing to get the board, a faculty member asked if she had a Ram board for sale, and she agreed.
The student, who is not identified by name, had bought the board for $10.
She said she was excited to get it and would use it to build a dorm room on her room’s floor.
But the student’s parents were concerned that they would be breaking the school’s no-kill policy, which forbids students from cutting down trees on campus.
“They said they had a safety issue with the board because they didn’t have one, so it’s kind of been a little bit of a hassle,” said her mother, Stephanie Miller.
But a spokesperson for Costco said the board is “not used by any faculty or staff,” and it will not be used for any class on campus.
“Costco says it has been in the process of learning about the students’ concerns and has made the board available to the school.
The school is currently studying the board’s safety and performance and will review the board and any other issues that may arise, according to Costco spokesperson Andrea Kiehn.