Columbus authorities, including SWAT members, pepper-sprayed students on the Ohio State University campus after a massive group of people became unruly and would not follow commands while celebrating the Buckeyes' national championship victory over the Oregon Ducks.
According to reports from the scene and video posted to social media, students climbed the walls of the football stadium and attempted to remove the goal posts.
Mirror Lake frozen... Students actually just climbed the gates at The Shoe. Told goal posts are already down. pic.twitter.com/zLCi1yBs8i— Kaylee Hartung (@KayleeHartung) January 13, 2015
Campus police had to resort to pepper spraying students trying to force gates of The Shoe open. Kids flushing eyes with snow.— Kaylee Hartung (@KayleeHartung) January 13, 2015
Students were ordered to disperse from some areas after they became unruly and were blocking traffic, according to reports. Police said students were throwing beer bottles at police and that "almost all officers" were responding to the campus incidents.
SWAT team just pepper sprayed the crowd to clear High St— Jeremy Pelzer (@jpelzer) January 13, 2015
A lot of kids are now crossing the street with the "hands up" motion pic.twitter.com/NVt2RiIo8R— Jeremy Pelzer (@jpelzer) January 13, 2015
Videos were also posted to social media.
For the record: An earlier caption with the photo at the top of this post said Kosta Karageorge was celebrating Ohio State's victory. The photo is of Michael Bennett, who wears Karageorge's No. 53 as a tribute to his teammate, who was found dead Dec. 6 from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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