Police in Riot Gear Shut Down College Fest

KENT, Ohio — Kent Police were called to disperse unruly crowds at College Fest Saturday evening.

Police in riot gear used pepper balls and flash-bang devices to clear more than 3,000 students from the festival. College Street and neighboring streets were shut down after police received reports of the widespread fighting and rioting.

Police say rioting began after some students began hitting one another with alcohol bottles and throwing beer at police. Firefighters also responded to what witnesses say was a couch lit on fire on University Drive.

Injured students and College Fest attendees were transported to the nearest hospital. The number of those injured are unknown.

Kent Police say 34 arrests in all were made, ranging from simple assault, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

Police also say minor vandalism was made to various buildings on East College Avenue.

Kent State University released the following statement on the rioting on Twitter:

“The University is closely monitoring today’s events & supports the city in its efforts to keep celebrations safe for everyone involved.”