EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Hundreds of Spartan fans took to the streets after MSU's big win over Ohio State in what officials are calling a “large civil disturbance.”
East Lansing Police responded to a minimum of 57 fires Saturday night. They say 15 people were arrested, 12 of them MSU students and one alumni.
MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon spoke with WJR radio, where she called those same students jerks. “There were a few jerks who essentially affected the way we see Spartans celebrating with great class. That's something we're going to take very seriously.”
She said, “we're going to work with the city of East Lansing to aggressively go after individuals who have shown enormous disrespect for Michigan State and for this community.”
President Simon emphasized that the disrespectful students are a small portion of the student body. There were lots of very positive celebrations. “There were many students who were out on Saturday night who were just having a plain, great time,” said President Simon.
“I 200 percent was disappointed, maybe even the word disgusted,” said MSU Basketball Coach Tom Izzo. “If we really want tos how the class taht I think we are, then we better start learning how to celebrate with some class and some dignity.”
MSU students also seemed to be disappointed about the situation.
“I don't think it got really out of hand in terms of police, I think they did their job. I think it was fair. It was pretty crazy. I think it did get out of hand with some of the fires,” said Jacob Leppek, an MSU student.
“It is pretty embarrassing because I'm from the Notre Dame area. I have a lot of friends that go to U of M and they're like 'oh typical MSU, don't know how to handle a win properly, they're classless,'” said Charil Herman, an MSU student.
Everyone involved faces possible charges including, but not limited to unlawful assembly, malicious destruction of property, arson and various other disorderly conduct charges. This includes endangering the safety of other people and open alcohol.
East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas says officials realize not everyone who was there during the disturbance is at fault and in coming weeks, police will go through hours of video and pictures to find those responsible for destructive behavior.
The East Lansing Police Department and Michigan State University Police are offering up to $20,000 for any information that leads to the conviction of those involved with the civil disturbance. Tips can be shared via e-mail at ELPDtips@elpolice.com, by phone 1 (877) – ELPD – TIP or on www.facebook.com/EastLansingPD.