Aftermath of Riots Has People in Morgantown Talking
Written by Alex Wiederspiel
Last updated on October 08, 2012 @ 2:22PM
Created on October 08, 2012 @ 12:14AM
Almost immediately after the final seconds ticked off the clock, people began flooding High Street. Hundreds, if not thousands, were on High Street but were hit with tear gas. Many of them then went to the intersection of Grant and Third. Former Managing Editor of the DA and WVU Grad Student John Terry was on the scene, and he said that intersection always seems to be the problem.
"Sort of a big mob of students turned up around Third Street and Grant and that was the epicenter of it all. And even last year during the Osama bin Laden thing, that was the same place. It just seems like every year that intersection is just madness."
Freshly graduated alumni Paige Carver missed the destruction Saturday night, but couldn't believe the damage it had caused to Sunnyside and West Virginia's reputation.
"I'm not proud at all to hear things like that. I truly am mortified because that does not reflect on just the University and the students. It reflects on the state as a whole."
While those in the streets were unhappy with the presence of police officers in riot gear, Terry, who has covered five different events like this, pointed out that police were just doing their jobs. They were also much better prepared then in past instances like this one.
"Hats off to the Morgantown Police Department and the State Police and the Fire Department because they were all over it last night. They were absolutely 100% prepared. There is only so much you can do when students are throwing bottles at you."
After a road game against Texas Tech, West Virginia will face a string of four difficult games. After Saturday night's rioting, all eyes will be on Morgantown on October 20th when they play a highly anticipated contest against Kansas State.
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