UD President responds to St. Paddy’s Day melee

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University of Dayton President Dr. Eric Spina responds after St. Patrick’s Day parties on campus escalated and riot police were called.

Dr. Spina sent an e-mail to UD students saying he was “deeply disappointed.”

The email reads in part, “I witnessed groups of students assault police officers, shoot fireworks into crowds, and put themselves and their friends in danger. This behavior is absolutely unacceptable, as is the distorted sense of community that encourages and enables it.”

In am email to UD faculty and staff, Spina writes, “I am disappointed and embarrassed that so many police officers and City leaders had to spend so much time at UD when they surely had other things that required their attention.”

As many as 1,000 students gathered in the streets Saturday celebrating St. Paddy’s Day. While many students were celebrating responsibly, university officials say things got out of control when several students threw things at police like rocks and fireworks. Broken bottles and trash littered the streets.

In a statement, university officials say say some students were standing on roofs and blocking the streets, ignoring police commands, which is when police responded in riot gear and dispersed the crowd.

Police shut down Lowes Street for several hours.

University officials say there were a few misdemeanor arrests and disciplinary referrals. They say a full report of police’s actions will be available sometime next week.

This wasn’t the first time police in riot gear have been called to UD’s campus on St. Patrick’s Day. In 2013 police from multiple agencies swarmed campus after parties got out of control. That year, cars were vandalized, bottles were broken in the streets, and police made dozens of arrests.

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