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May 5, 2016 5:45 PM

Dreary weather, and a heavy police presence make for a fairly tame Cinco de Mayo at UNH


DURHAM — Cinco de Mayo at the University of New Hampshire is much quieter this year. The past two years the popular drinking event has caused big problems for the surrounding school district.

Oyster River Middle School is right at the intersection of some off-campus housing and fraternities. The past few years were nightmares for parents trying to get their kids home safely.

Thursday, they diverted all buses away from the downtown area, and police quickly broke up all large outdoor gatherings.

ORSD Assistant Superintendent Todd Allen says they're happy with all of the planning that went into this day in partnership with UNH and Durham police.

“We canceled after school activities at the middle school for day just figuring that way we could get our kids home and they won't be in the downtown during the after school hours,” Allen said.

Paul Dean, Chief of the UNH Police Department says students have been cooperative.

“Students wanted to make sure that the middle school students did not have a bad experience, that really bothered them. I think it resonated, a lot of them have brothers and sisters,” Chief Dean said.

There are a lot of factors working in the schools favor this year; the weather isn’t as nice, plus there were classes this Cinco de Mayo, where in years past it fell on Reading Day.

As of 5 p.m. there had only been a handful of people taken into custody.

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