STATE COLLEGE (KDKA) — One day after of people angry about the firing of head coach Joe Paterno rioted in the streets of State College, some Penn State students say they’re saddened and embarrassed by the light cast on the university by the actions of a few.
During the mayhem, some protestors overturned a TV news truck, ripped down a lamp post and threw rocks at officers who were forced to subdue the crowd with pepper spray.
Authorities say 10 to 20 people are now facing arrest and police are asking for anyone with video of the violence to bring it to them to help in the investigation.
Police were quick to point out that the vast majority of Penn State students were not involved in the mayhem.
Today, a number of students said they’re upset and ashamed by what they saw on Wednesday night.
“I am a little embarrassed of what was going on,” PSU Senior Krystal Kenlin told KDKA-TV’s David Highfield. “I don’t think that’s the most mature way to handle it — especially from a university such as Penn State.”
“I think that that was the worst reaction we could have had,” PSU Sophomore Felix Weigel added. “I understand that people were angry, disappointed, sad — and we could have shown that by getting together, let’s say on Old Main lawn or even on the street, but — quietly, peacefully.”
Kelsey Burton, a freshman from Greenfield, said she’s upset by the image that others are getting Penn State. “I’m heartbroken to know that people — not only across Pennsylvania, but across the world — are getting this image of Penn State because this is not who we are.”
In the meantime, to prevent any additional problems, police say they plan to increase patrols; and State Police Capt. John Gardner had a strong message for students: “The behavior of last night is not going to be tolerated. Each time they up the ante, we’re going to have to up the ante as well.”
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