West Virginia University beat the 4th ranked Baylor Bears last night, at Mylan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, WV, which was a tremendous win for WVU football. Unfortunately, the huge win was overshadowed by the conduct of the WVU students who took to rioting in the streets of Morgantown in celebration of the victory. Police were forced to use tear gas and pepper spray to handle the situation. Numerous WVU students were involved in setting fires, overturning dumpsters, pushing over street lights, and pulling down stop signs. People were throwing rocks and beer bottles at police officers.
The Morgantown Fire Department stated in a press release that 37 fires were set last night following WVU’s upset of number 4 Baylor. These included several street and dumpster fires throughout Sunnyside and other parts of Morgantown. Images of the incidents were posted all over Facebook, Twitter and other social media and news outlets, showing people rioting and crowds burning a multitude of objects, including couches.
As a result of these incidents, many students and other people were arrested and were or will be charged with crimes. In addition, students determined to be involved in the rioting activities or otherwise arrested, may face sanctions from WVU, including possible expulsion from WVU. The West Virginia University Student Conduct Board governs student behavior both on and off campus.
Many students were likely charged with crimes, such as destruction of property, violations of fire codes and arson, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice, assault or battery on an officer, resisting arrest, underage possession/consumption of alcohol, possession of marijuana, open container, destruction of property, fleeing, or a multitude of other crimes. If you or a loved one are facing any of these charges, contact the competent and experienced Morgantown criminal defense lawyers at Adams Legal Group, PLLC. Additionally, our attorneys are experienced in providing WVU Student Conduct Board hearing representation. Please contact Adams Legal Group, PLLC or call us at (304) 381-2166 to discuss competent legal representation for any charges you may face.