Apr 28, 2015 5:44 PM
Durham, UNH aim to avoid repeat of last year's Cinco de Mayo
DURHAM - Plans are in place in Durham to deal with Cinco de Mayo celebrations at the University of New Hampshire. Last year, thousands of students were drinking and partying outside, causing some major issues for the nearby middle school.
The Oyster River Middle School is about a block away from UNH fraternities and the rest of campus. Dismissal on May 5 last year proved to be a big problem.
College kids packed front lawns drinking, and partying. Once police started to disperse the large crowds, they moved onto the streets, causing major traffic problems for school buses and parents trying to pick up their kids from school.
This year, the town, school district, and UNH are working together to keep this year's celebration under control, and try to keep the young children away from the festivities.
Ruth Davis, a parent of children at the middle and high school says her family loves living near campus, but last year was scary.
“It's just scary to have your kids walking home from school and to have that kind of mayhem going on,” Davis said.
UNH Police Chief Paul Dean says they’re working closely with the town and school district to make sure next week isn’t a repeat of last year.
“We've gone out to the students and parents with the expectations of the institution. President Huddleston has made it very clear what his expectations are of students on campus and off campus, and we've let their parents know about that,” Dean said.