On Monday night, a University of Delaware party in Newark, Del. for the viral sensation, debauchery-inciting "I'm Schmacked" series erupted into an egregious display of ridiculous undegraduate behavior. The I'm Schmacked team sent out a tweet that baited UD students to come out show how hard they go:
I need you to RT the tweet below. I have to prove to the Delaware venue we have a following there so we can come— I'm Shmacked (@ImShmacked) September 9, 2013
Hundreds of students reportedly crammed into a frat house waiting for the crew's arrival, prompting police to shut it down before they even showed up. This led to a mob of unsatisfied students prowling the streets of Newark in search of release, which could only mean the worst: a riot.
Newark police say the crowd of 3,000 to 4,000 began destroying public property. This mob eventually commanded the attention of 60 police cars from across the state (Delaware is small, but still).
Marcus Hyde, a cameraman for Schmacked, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct during the madness for allegedly inciting the riot. Evan Touzzoli, 20, and Anthony Iadisernia, 19, were also arrested at the frat house for failure to obtain a special event permit and underage drinking.
I'm Schmacked founder Aria Toufania told the New York Daily News police made the situation worse. "The real instigators of the riot were the police," he said. "They could have shut the party down, cornered it off, it just seemed as if they were, like, monitoring the riot." The series released a statement expressing regret over "any association with these destructive events," and promised to "do [their] best to ensure that this does not happen again."
The university is still deciding how to punish the students who were arrested. We hope it was worth it.