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Pumpkin Festival Ends in Tear Gas at Keene State

October 20, 2014

Police in riot gear used tear gas and rubber bullets to stop hundreds of students from Keene State College, in New Hampshire, when a pumpkin festival got out of control Saturday. Authorities reported that students threw rocks and pumpkin parts at the police, and that many students refused to be orderly. Anne Huot, president of the college, issued a statement in which she said, in part: "We care deeply about the citizens of Keene and our students, and we lament the impact of inexcusable behaviors on our city....  We are actively working to identify the individuals who participated in unlawful behavior, and those who are identified will be held accountable. We are reviewing images, videos, media coverage, social media postings, and information we have about off-campus residences. The most serious offenders will face interim suspension, followed by conduct action up to, and including, expulsion."

The Keene Sentinel posted these videos of the incidents to YouTube.

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Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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