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Some ISU students say don’t blame us for the NELK Boys party

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NORMAL (WEEK) - While several area universities are quarantining and heading online for classes, many Illinois State University students disregarded COVID-19 procedures to see some popular YouTube stars.

Tuesday night, Canadian pranksters the NELK Boys paid a visit to the campus.

Video of the party shows a large group of students gathered around the YouTubers with no masks in sight.

The party quickly spread through students' social media, much to the frustration of some fellow students.

Yet students aren't blaming their peers, but rather the YouTubers who started Tuesday evenings events.

"It's on them because they should know better and they are influencers," said ISU sophomore Kaitlyn Keefe. "They are influencing people that are my age or younger to go out during a global pandemic and putting other people at risk."

Some students feel the YouTube group created a bad environment for their peers.

"It kind of put all the students that showed up in a bad position, when in reality that wouldn't have happened if they didn't come down," said ISU sophomore Julia Connolly.

ISU leaders are working with the Normal Police Department to investigate the event, saying they will hold students accountable for their unsafe actions.

Andie Bernhardt

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