Super Bowl Sunday 2012 was a stunning disappointment for many New England Patriots fans. Some fans took their emotions to a higher level. And they may pay the price for it. According to the campus police, fighting from members of an unruly crowd of angry fans began around 10:00pm when the game ended and the crowd was told to disperse only a few minutes later.
Police arrested 14 individuals (including 13 students) during this disturbance and the criminal charges against them are being headed by Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan, who plans to “vigorously prosecute” the individuals. The arrestees are being charged with failure to disperse, disorderly conduct, and rioting. The students involved will also be disciplined by the school authorities, according to media reports.
Interestingly, however, in what appears to be a departure from other past school riots where fires broke out and students were hospitalized, there were no reported injuries and no reported damages that occurred as a result of this incident at UMass. No other serious riots or injuries were reported on campuses (and for that matter, in general) following the game on Sunday evening.
14 arrested in post-Super Bowl fracas on UMass-Amherst campus; DA vows to ‘vigorously prosecute’ all suspects, Boston.com, February 6, 2012