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A picture posted to Facebook showing a skip full of student violins outside a music school in Northamptonshire has been the subject of much online criticism, but is it deserved?
The picture, posted by Facebook user Adam Gammage, has encouraged a flurry of outraged commenters to speculate on how the violins managed to get there and what further use they could serve were they not being thrown away.
“This seems like a massive waste,” wrote one commenter. “They should be donated to a college that does an instrument repair course.”
Others suggested charities that could relocate the instruments to third world countries.
The Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust, who are responsible for the posted the following message explaining that the instruments were at the end of their useable life, and not in good enough condition to salvage:
We are aware there has been some negative comment on social media and misunderstanding about our half term clear out of...Posted by Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust - NMPAT on Wednesday, 28 October 2015