MSU President, Trustees Talk About Fires

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

With more arraignments each day, it's a scene that is hard to forget. Young people throwing what appears to be their belongs onto a fire in celebration.

"We take that inappropriate behavior very seriously here on campus. We always evaluate from one year to the next because we are constantly having turn over of students and new students," said Dianne Byrum, a MSU Board member.

The university says it will evaluate what happened and assess what could be done differently.

"I think we had some successes along that, the destruction was very minimal. It was not city wide. And the police were able to control the situation with minimal resources too," said Byrum.

"It was by and large a very responsible, an exuberant celebration," said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. "Just a few jerks that decided that they would celebrate by carrying a mattress outside of their house and set it on fire. They appear to be doing their own belongings which is even more stupid i think."

The university President pledges the school will go after people who set fires because it's "inappropriate" and "dangerous."

"We are using every available technique to identify the people who either set or stocked fires, and I think you'll see a number of arrests in the coming days and weeks as we relentlessly pursue those individuals," said President Simon.

East Lansing police have already arraigned 10 suspects for criminal behavior.

The University president says, this violence isn't unique to MSU.

"The setting of fires is not an unusual occurrence around these celebrations in this generation. We want to be the place that doesn't simply say its usual but want to stop it," said Simon.

The man holding the "burn the couch" sign at the Big 10 title game will not face charges. His attorney told us that Friday.

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