College: Kent State University
City: Kent, OH
Date: 4/21/2012
Number of People Involved: ~3,000

Sometimes, the students at Kent State in northern Ohio riot for a worthy cause—to oppose the 1970 U.S. invasion of Cambodia, for example. Other times, they've rioted for no apparent reason whatsoever. Students at College Fest, an annual block party Kent State students hold near the end of the school year, got a little out of hand last year, prompting police and emergency medical response. Thirty-three were eventually arrested after the crowd of hundreds grew unruly, with some throwing bricks and bottles at officers and each other. A SWAT team was eventually dispatched to get the crowd under control. Tear gas and flash-bang devices curbed the senseless violence.