Spring Break is a great week away from school and studies, and the time honored tradition of partying towards the end of the school year. For college students, spring break has become somewhat of a ritual where the intent is to spend the week partying harder than you have all year. However for about 100 people in Isla Vista, Calif., this time honored tradition turned into a jail stint and possible reprimands from their school.
<a href=”http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/07/authorities-arrest-about-100-people-when-southern-california-college-party/”>Fox News</a> reports that 44 people were taken to the hospital when a party turned into a “rock-and bottle-throwing melee.” The annual party known as Deltipa was attended by nearly 15,000 people when the chaos broke out just before 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. The party started as a University of California tradition, but now is a hot spot for out of towners looking for a great place to party for their spring break vacation as well.
Once the party got out of hand, campus police tried to intervene, which led to racks and bottles being thrown at them starting a chain reaction of violence, and even arson. <a href=”http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/100-people-arrested-after-college-party-turns-violent-n73171″>NBC News</a> reports that five officers in all were injured, including one who was hit in the face with a brick, and one that suffered a head injury when a backpack full of bottles was thrown at his head. What started as a simple attempt to keep the place under control quickly escalated out of hand. To break up the riot, law enforcement had to use tear gas, pepper spray, and projectiles.
Only eighteen were arrested during the incident and outbursts, but throughout the rest of the day as law enforcement continued their investigation the arrest number increased to over 100 people. The final account of arrests was unclear as people tried to figure out who was arrested and released and who was held, and it is unclear how many people are still in custody.