Feb 13, 2017 4:50 PM
Unrest on campus with thousands of dollars of damage and cars destroyed, but we're not talking about UC Berkeley.
This was the scene at the University of New Hampshire in Durham after the Patriots won the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
An email sent out by Town Manager Todd Selig on Feb. 6 put emphasis on the "celebratory" mood of the thousands that flocked to downtown after the Pats won.
"The young people were in a celebratory mood, not a riotous one," Selig wrote.
While the email made mention of three arrests and the damaged cars, it also seemed to downplay the damages that occurred.
Photos and videos show one student jumping off a car with multiple dents in its roof and another student with two beers and a flag draped around his neck stumbling across a car.
One of the damaged cars belongs to a reporter from NH1 News. Her car ended up being a total loss with more than $6,000 worth of damage caused.
UNH said that any students who are found guilty of damaging property will go through the university’s conduct system.
But why does property have to be damaged? How is that a celebration?
For its part, the town, university and police held half a dozen meetings preparing for the crowd. The police and university sent an email to the students days before the Super Bowl telling them to “celebrate safely and wisely." They even met at halftime to go over the latest plan.
Selig said they feel they've done what they can to keep the peace, noting that this year's event was tame compared to previous years when multiple people have been injured and store fronts have been smashed.
Selig said he sent his email Feb. 6 to squash rumors flying around town about tear gas. He also wanted to give credit to the crowd, which moved along when police asked them to after about 45 minutes, clearing downtown almost as quickly as they had filled it. And for the first time ever, several of the celebrators pulled out trash bags and started to clean the mess they had left behind. We commend those people, but as for the troublemakers, someone needs to be held responsible.
When asked, Selig told NH1 News it's the responsibility of the people causing the damage and NH1 News agrees.
But we believe it needs to go a step further. It's also the responsibility of the parents to teach their children that destruction is not celebration, and it's the responsibility of the university, town and police to punish those involved.
Do you have an opinion on this issue? You can email us at email@example.com or leave a voice mail at 603-230-5757. We'll air your thoughts in the coming weeks.
1 hour 31 minutes agoUNH is launching a new program guaranteeing full-time, first-year New Hampshire students who receive federal Pell grants free tuition for the year. (More)
2 hours 29 minutes agoIn front of a large audience of Republican state lawmakers and gun rights activists, Gov. Chris Sununu made it easier for many Granite Staters...
2 hours 38 minutes agoAn attorney arguing that a New Hampshire prep school graduate received ineffective counsel during his sexual assault trial says she failed him. (More)
4 hours 7 minutes agoA newlywed doctor has been reunited with his wife, an Iranian citizen who successfully traveled to the US after President Donald Trump's executive order....
4 hours 15 minutes agoA prosecutor says DNA testing of bandanas worn as disguises in the killing of a confidential informant last year in Littleton has come back...
6 hours 13 minutes agoThe 16-year-old girl who went missing in Exeter Tuesday has been found safe. (More)
19 hours 10 minutes agoMassachusetts State Police warn the public to be on the lookout for the second man connected with a gruesome double-homicide in Peabody. (More)
21 hours 1 minute agoTestimony started Tuesday in Owen Labrie's request for a new trial, claiming his counsel was ineffective. (More)
22 hours 20 minutes agoAn Epping High School athletic trainer saved a young man's life with the help of a bystander at a basketball game Monday. (More)
Feb 21, 2017 2:10 PMAnother case of 'spring fever' is about to hit the Granite State. (More)
Feb 21, 2017 2:02 PMA man accused of stomping on a opponent at a basketball game at a Nashua college also threatened to kill several people, according to...
Feb 21, 2017 11:52 AMPopular cheese brand Sargento has voluntarily expanded its listeria recall. (More)
Feb 21, 2017 11:31 AMOne month and one day into his presidency, the approval ratings of the job Donald Trump’s doing in the White House remains slightly underwater....
Feb 21, 2017 8:54 AMNASA's Dawn mission has found evidence for organic material on Ceres, a dwarf planet and largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars...
Feb 21, 2017 7:08 AMA hearing is scheduled to begin on whether a NH prep school graduate deserves a new trial on charges he used a computer to...
Feb 20, 2017 6:32 PMHundreds gathered outside the New Hampshire Statehouse on Monday to oppose the actions and decisions of President Donald Trump during his first month in...
Feb 20, 2017 4:26 PMOfficials have identified the NH driver who lost his truck after it fell through thin ice on Lake Winnipesaukee while trying to tow a...
Feb 20, 2017 3:22 PMOne man has been arrested and authorities say another is being sought in connection with a gruesome double-homicide in Peabody, Mass. (More)
Feb 20, 2017 3:01 PMWolfeboro police have charged a father with endangering the welfare of his "small" son after they served him with a warrant. (More)
Feb 20, 2017 1:29 PMOwners of LaValley Farms felt the impact of New Hampshire's extreme drought as they tried to prepare for the spring season. (More)
Feb 20, 2017 12:37 PMA homemade aircraft landed upside down after trying to take off from an Alton Bay runway in NH. (More)
Feb 20, 2017 11:58 AMA Daniel Webster College basketball player is facing assault charges and a video of the attack of an opponent has gone viral, now the...
Feb 20, 2017 11:55 AMSix people were arrested for various drugs charges in the latest Operation Granite Hammer out of Nashua. (More)
Feb 20, 2017 7:23 AMHigh-speed chase ends on F.E. Everett Turnpike Sunday night (More)
Feb 19, 2017 3:26 PMThe mother of a student at Pelham Memorial School is questioning the school's dress code for dances. (More)
Feb 19, 2017 1:41 PMFire crews as well as Fish and Game officers are on site in Alton Bay, where a plane flipped over on the ice runway....
Feb 18, 2017 10:23 PMDozens of police officers responded to Daniel Webster College to stop a brawl that broke out during a basketball game on Saturday. (More)
Feb 18, 2017 7:58 PMA 12-year-old New Jersey girl spent Valentine's Day delivering over 1,300 books donated to a children's hospital. (More)
Feb 18, 2017 7:13 PMA snowmobile operator suffered serious, life-threatening injuries after colliding with a vehicle in Jefferson on Saturday. (More)
Feb 18, 2017 2:16 PMA GoFundMe to raise money for a Hampton woman whos five dogs were killed in a fire exceeded its goal in less than 24...
Feb 18, 2017 1:00 PMA man had to be airlifted to a Boston hospital after getting assaulted outside 603 Bar and Lounge in Dover NH. (More)
Feb 18, 2017 12:34 PMA Manchester man who assaulted a family member and locked himself in a bedroom was arrested after a brief standoff on Saturday. (More)
Feb 18, 2017 12:29 PMThe head of NH's Democratic party is ending his bid to lead the nation's Democrats. Ray Buckley is endorsing Keith Ellison of Minnesota for...
Feb 18, 2017 12:19 PMThere has been an outpouring of support from the community after a soldier from Hudson NH was shot in the neck by another Army...
Feb 18, 2017 8:45 AMCONCORD – According to a new national poll, voters are pretty much divided over whether they have more trust in the Trump White House or the reporters that cover the administration. Do you have more trust in the Trump administration or news media? https://t.co/8txcbpOj0N — NH1 News Network...
Feb 17, 2017 9:07 AMThe state Supreme Court has denied the request for a new trial in the case of convicted murderer Robert Breest. (More)
Feb 16, 2017 5:32 PMA Manchester mother was arrested after police said she stabbed her 16-month-old daughter in the back, causing serious injury. (More)
Feb 16, 2017 4:06 PMTwo Rhode Island men have been arrested in connection with the theft of $90,000 worth of diapers. (More)
Feb 16, 2017 2:40 PMLast month, New Hampshire State Police, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, linked Evans to cold cases dating back 30 years in Allenstown....