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Ohio: Riot breaks out following university's announcement of temporary closure due to COVID-19

4 years 1 month 1 week ago Wednesday, March 11 2020 Mar 11, 2020 March 11, 2020 5:27 AM March 11, 2020 in News
Source: Flyer News
Dayton Ohio police contain riot Photo: Marshall Gorby

DAYTON, OH -  When the University of Dayton in Ohio announced its temporary suspension of all classes and on-campus housing due to coronavirus concerns, students responded by putting on an out-of-control party on campus.

The cancellation was announced Tuesday, and within hours, hundreds of students had gathered on a campus street. School officials said the incident began as "one last large gathering before spring break" and was never intended to be a protest. 

Police from multiple departments were summoned. They were seen in riot gear, and witnesses say they resorted to shooting pepper balls, chemical pellets with similar effects as pepper spray, at students. 

A statement from the university late Tuesday said some partygoers were throwing bottles at police and jumping on cars.

Dayton Daily News reports that the riot broke up and the students disbanded around 2:15 a.m., Wednesday morning.


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