Ohio Cops Pelt College Kids With Pepper Balls After Fracas Breaks Out Over Dorms Closing Due to Coronavirus

March 11, 2020

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Ohio police officers in riot gear pelted college kids with pepper balls early Wednesday after word got out that their dorms were closing due to the coronavirus. According to Cincinnati.com, what started as a party in the street Tuesday night near the University of Dayton grew out of hand. “At first it was just some of our friends who are seniors all getting together and hanging out...before we had to go away for about three weeks or more," senior Lena Richardson told local news outlet WHIO. "And then it kind of escalated." On Tuesday night, UD's Twitter account gave students less than 24 hours to evacuate their dorms when it announced, "UD housing will close at 6 p.m. March 11. If you are approved for an extended stay or housing over spring break, you are permitted to stay. Students should take any items necessary to continue their education from home as well as other essential items in case time away is extended."

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