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The 25 Biggest College Campus Riots of All Time Image via CS Monitor

13. Penn State Fans Freak Out Over Paterno's Dismissal

College: Penn State University
City: State College, PA 
Date: 11/9/2011
Number of People Involved: ~1,000

Following the dismissal of football coach Joe Paterno, the fallout from a sordid child-abuse scandal no one will forget, more than 1,000 Penn State students descended on local streets to protest in late 2011. Chanting things like "Hell no, Joe Won't go" and "We want Joe back," in addition to cursing the child-molesting assistant coach charged with abusing a group of boys over a 15 year period, crowd members filled two city blocks and turned over a media van before local and state officials could disperse the mob. Police likely have the weather to thank for this incident not erupting into a massive street riot—the crowd reportedly thinned out significantly when it began to rain.

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