Students involved in a disturbance on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus after the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss face possible school sanctions, as well as criminal charges, officials said yesterday.
UMass Amherst police said about 1,500 people gathered in the Southwest residential plaza of the campus when the game ended around 10 p.m. Police said officers told the growing crowd to disperse at 10:08 p.m. after “the crowd became unruly and a number of fights broke out.’’
Officers in riot gear used smoke grenades to clear the crowd. Police arrrested 13 students and one nonstudent. They will face charges of failure to disperse, disorderly conduct, and, in some cases, rioting. They are to be arraigned today in Eastern Hampshire District Court.
“Our office intends to vigorously prosecute all individuals who were part of the riots on the University of Massachusetts campus,’’ Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said in a statement. “This behavior diminishes the image of the university and created a public safety hazard for the community.’’