Students at the University of Dayton in Ohio broke out into a riot after the school announced the suspension of classes and on-campus housing amid concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, according to reports.
Police from several agencies responded to the university after a report that a crowd of over 1,000 people had congregated Tuesday night and refused to disperse, the Dayton Daily News reported.
“A large disorderly crowd that grew to more than 1,000 people gathered on Lowes Street starting around 11 p.m., throwing objects and bottles in the street and at police, and jumping on cars,” the school said in a statement.
“Police gave verbal orders to disperse which were ignored. Police initially launched pepper balls, which contain powder with an irritant that disperses quickly, that were unsuccessful in reducing the crowd size.
“About 2:15 a.m., UD police and additional Dayton police again gave orders to disperse and moved to clear the street, which was effective in dispersing the crowd quickly. At least one person was reportedly injured by a thrown bottle,” the statement said.
Some of the students said they were celebrating the cancellation of classes due to the outbreak, WDTN reported.
Some people suspected that the riot, in which 11 vehicles were damaged, was sparked by the suspension of on-campus housing for some students, according to WBRZ.
It was unclear how many people were arrested.
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