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73 arrested Massachusetts: 73 arrested at 'Blarney Blowout' at UMass

View of UMass Amherst campus from W.E.B. DuBois Library
View of UMass Amherst campus from W.E.B. DuBois Library
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According to reports, 73 people were arrested in Massachusetts at the annual "Blarney Blowout" which celebrates St. Patrick's Day. On March 9, NBC News reported that drunken people got rowdy at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst this weekend causing police in riot gear to step in. With fights breaking out amongst "heavily intoxicated" individuals, police had no choice but to take action.

"There were more than 70 arrests and four officers were injured in the clashes that included some students throwing beer bottles, cans and snowballs, officials said," reports NBC News. The party started on Saturday and continued into Sunday leaving plenty of people in rough shape when things got ugly.

The 73 arrested in Massachusetts were primarily students. People were very aggressive and some believe that the size of the group coupled with the excessive drinking really caused these individuals to get violent and destruct property. Amherst Police Capt. Jennifer Gundersen said that this was one of the worst scenes that police have ever had to deal with in the area.

UMass Amherst is known for its parties (also it is frequently referred to as a "party school") but usually these parties don't result in the arrests of dozens and dozens of students. This year, for some reason, things got out of hand. The size of the "Blarney Blowout" usually leads to problems, but for some reason 2014 was excessive.

The 73 arrested in Massachusetts may or may not be facing serious charges. Many were locked up for public intoxication but those who resisted arrest, defaced or destructed property, or got into fights could find themselves in much deeper trouble. It's unknown if the school plans to take any action against these students.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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