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:
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.