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WATCH: 'College Fest' Ends in Tear Gas

Annual block party pits partiers against police

Editor's note: amateur video of Saturday's events, attached to this article, contains foul language. Viewer discretion is advised.

The annual block party known as "College Fest" held to celebrate the end of the school year at ended in a cloud of tear gas Saturday night.

, with support from area police departments, tried to disperse a crowd of thousands of people who gathered on East College Avenue between 7 and 9 p.m. with messages of "The party is over" broadcast over megaphones followed by blasts of tear gas canisters.

Some in the crowd responded by throwing bottles at the police.

KentWired reported that police tried to disperse the crowd after several violent fights broke out. Firefighters also had to respond to a fire set on University Drive, according to police radio traffic.

Fox 8 news reported that 3,000 people swarmed the block for the unnofficial party.

Police closed off portions of Lincoln Street, College Avenue and Haymaker Parkway as part of the effort to quell the activity.

The university issued a statement, with Kent State spokesperson Emily Vincent telling KentWired that the university "is closely monitoring today’s events and supports the city in its efforts to keep celebrations safe for everyone involved."

jt April 25, 2012 at 04:17 AM
I'm not talking about controlling drinking. I'm talking about willful negligence of the landlords that believe they have no CONTROL over their property or don't even care to have any control. It's called an ANALOGY- simply stated for you. IF YOU LOSE YOUR VISION, ERGO, CONTROL OF YOU VEHICLE YOU LOSE YOUR LICENSE. :: IF YOU LOSE CONTROL OF YOUR PROPERTY (as you and others said it is impossible to control these events) AND IT IS (routinely, every year) DRAINING VALUABLE CITY RESOURCES THEN YOU SHOULD LOSE YOUR BOARDING HOUSE LICENSE. No one needs to monitor these properties the PROOF is all over facebook twitter instagram YouTube etc. Where people were calling for riots. If the landlords aren't doing anything to remedy this then why should any taxpayer's money be spent sending any cops there in the first place. Let these students tear these houses apart. The landlord is not his tenant's Keeper, I never said that, I am simply saying the landlord is responsible for the property. Your definition of responsibility is collecting a check. This policy should be for any property that violates city ordinances regularly regardless of location in the city. It just so happens at a chronic issue repeatedly occurs on College. If you keep running into a wall the smart thing to do is find a different way. You are suggesting to continue to fine a few students that cause trouble when more will just take their place next year. Again you are afraid to actually deal with the real issue.
jt April 25, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I've enjoyed this Chris thanks for a good argument! This is just my opinion and I am sure I am being extreme and off base on things, but I think if people want change they need to think about what things everyone can do to make this event less of a yearly disappointment.
Chris (Kit) Myers April 25, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Amen to that, jt!
Jack Kelly April 26, 2012 at 02:47 PM
"KSU needs to take responsibility for their students..." People like you accusing KSU and telling them KSU needs to "take responsibility for their students" need to get off their high horse. This is an OFF-CAMPUS party that was not a KSU-function. Do some of you THINK before you type? These party-goers are ADULTS. Therefore, THEY are responsible for their OWN actions. Trying to pin this on KSU or anyone else is simply ridiculous, if not stupid.
h April 26, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Jack, I did not accuse anyone of being personally responsible for anyone else. I simply suggested that ksu should organize **like some other colleges do**in order to avoid this behavior by what is a large group of their students. My suggestion suggest being proactive before someone really gets hurt. Why wait until someone is dead until something is organized to freTs a civil peaceful organized activity for the end of the year? Why continue the assinine ksu attitude? Why not be proactive? Also, why not ask questions of each other without being negative and accusatory?

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