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Pumpkin Festival Turns Into Riot by Keene State College Students (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Police battled drunken college students who rioted during the 24th annual Pumpkin Festival in Keene, N.H., yesterday.

According to CNN, riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to calm the rowdy Keene State College students who lit bonfires and tossed liquor bottles (video below).

"I am saddened and disheartened at the events surrounding this year's Keene Pumpkin Festival," Keene State College President Anne Huot sand in a statement. "Despite the concerted efforts of organizers, city officials, police, and Keene State College, there continued to be disruptive behavior at parties in multiple locations around the city, injuries, and property damage."

There were dozens of arrests for fires, damaging street signs, setting off fireworks and throwing beer bottles.

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"I got hit with a Jack Daniel's bottle, like across the face," Keene student Roger Creekmore told WMUR.

"It's ridiculous. It's not Pumpkin Fest," added Jacob Gowans. "We're supposed to have a fun weekend. This is stupid."

“It’s f------- wicked. It’s just like a rush. You’re revolting from the cops,” Steven French told SentinelSource.com. “It’s a blast to do things that you’re not supposed to do.”

However, Keene State freshman Cecelee Young countered, “I feel really disrespected, to be honest. It’s not their home... It’s just really rude.”

RawStory.com noted that Twitter users mocked the white Keene students with the same type of rhetoric that conservatives used on black people who protested in Ferguson:

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How many of the defiant white youth causing mayhem & destruction come from fatherless families? #PumpkinRiot

Where are the leaders in the white community? They need to speak out #pumpkinfest

White people in New Hampshire really need to do some self-reflection and regulate their animal impulses in the wake of #keenepumpkinfest

Sources: SentinelSource.com, CNN, WMUR, RawStory.com