UMass Amherst students gathered on the plaza at the base of the high rises of Southwest quad last night for the traditional post-sportsball riot, which this year resulted in at least 12 people being taken to the hospital and six being arrested after campus, Amherst and State Police in riot gear and on horseback dispersed the crowd with the aid of at least one shot of PepperBall, the school reports.
Before the estimated 2,000 revelers were dispersed, around 11:30 p.m., students set off firecrackers and smoke bombs - and beer cans, bottles, TVs and even laptops flew in the air, Gretchen Keller, an editor for the Daily Collegian reports:
— Gretchen Keller (@gretchenkellerr) February 5, 2018
Handcuffed young man was escorted out of the Southwest living area after being arrested by UMass Police in riot gear during the riot after the Patriots lost to the Eagles in the Superbowl, Feb. 4, 2018 @MDCollegian #SBLII pic.twitter.com/KzzvFiW47s
— Caroline O'Connor (@carolineocon19) February 5, 2018
— Morgan Hughes (@HughesMorgan_) February 5, 2018
Umass Southwest Superbowl riots were just angry teenagers running back and forth from police officers who don't get paid enough for this shit pic.twitter.com/DPQ8uF8e8r
— Brian Choquet (@BrianShowket) February 5, 2018
— Rebecca Wiesman (@rnwiesman) February 5, 2018
UMass reports that injuries included "head injuries, lacerations and alcohol intoxication." The university adds:
UMass Police are proceeding with criminal charges and the university will also initiate a prompt review of the matter under its student conduct process as appropriate.