Plymouth State University President Don Wharton said today that the University’s response to post-Red Sox game behavior will be a zero tolerance approach. “Some students are facing an immediate suspension from PSU. Additional students who are found guilty of breaking the law will also be suspended or expelled,” Wharton said.
“The University has worked with local and area law enforcement agencies to develop a proactive strategy for the safety of our greater community during this week of baseball excitement. In spite of our efforts, riotous behavior occurred and 15 arrests were made, including three nonstudents.”
During the post-game excitement, approximately 800 people spilled into the streets around PSU, setting several fires, throwing bottles and causing minor injuries. One person was transported to Speare Memorial Hospital as a result of injuries sustained during the event.
According to Vice President for Student Affairs Dick Hage, students who are involved in these dangerous large gatherings can be suspended or expelled for instigating or inciting riotous behavior, interfering with a police officer’s performance of duty, throwing bottles, cans or other objects, refusing to abide by the lawful order of police, starting or contributing to a fire, setting off fireworks or vandalism.
“We are aware that some of the arrests are for these offenses,” Hage said. “Those students will be suspended or expelled. This is no time to debate grayness between responsibly celebrating a great Red Sox victory and behaviors that constitute violations of law and order. Responsible citizenship and illegal conduct are black and white.”