St. Patrick’s Day festivities at the University of Dayton in Ohio Saturday night evolved into a full-scale, out-of-control riot involving more than 1,000 people, the Dayton Daily News reports. Police from 10 jurisdictions were forced to to head to the institution of higher learning to tackle the issue, finding students dancing on cars and throwing an inordinate number of beer bottles.
The Dayton Daily News has all the information:
After more than two decades without a major St. Patrick’s Day incident, the university had a violent “disturbance” that left broken beer bottles and 11 damaged cars, including a police cruiser, on Kiefaber Street, according to a university official.
University of Dayton Police were dispatched sometime between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. in response to a fire alarm, Rizvi said. When officers arrived, they were met by a large crowd who threw bottles at them. University police called the Dayton Police Department for assistance.
The Miami Valley Regional Dispatch Center received a call around 4:44 a.m. related to a large crowd throwing glass bottles. Shortly before 5a.m., police from law enforcement agencies in Dayton; Five Rivers Metro Park; Huber Heights; Kettering; Miami Twp.; Montgomery County; Moraine; Oakwood, Riverside; Trotwood and Vandalia responded to the 400 block of Kiefaber Street near Lawnview Avenue.
No injuries were reported, but an individual not affiliated with the university was arrested and is expected to charged with underage drinking and public intoxication, said Rizvi.
“We weren’t out there trying to cause trouble,” said Matt Kolb, a 19-year-old UD student. “We were out there trying to have fun. The cops caused the crowd to go a little bit bananas.” [Emphasis added]
The university suffered no lasting damage, but was forced to alter its scheduled activities Sunday.
“Out of concern for safety, large non-University-sponsored gatherings will not be permitted today,” the university said in a statement, according to WDTN2. “While the vast majority of students were not involved in this incident, the behavior is unacceptable and disappointing…Students also are expected to comply with our Community Standards of Behavior, and will be held accountable for non-compliance.”
The website “Total Frat Move” even concluded: “I never understood the whole rioting thing, which typically involves destroying the place or area where you live, but I guess it’s like an unstoppable snowball of bad decisions and heightened emotions, and people feeding off each other.”
Watch video from the scene to get the entire picture, via WDTN2 News: