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UMass students arrested after Super Bowl appear in court

UMass Amherst students gathered on campus after the loss of the Patriots to the Eagles.
Caroline O'Connor/Massachusetts Daily Collegian
UMass Amherst students gathered on campus after the loss of the Patriots to the Eagles.

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Seven University of Massachusetts-Amherst students arrested during a violent post-Super Bowl disturbance on campus have pleaded not guilty.

Six were arraigned Tuesday. One was arraigned Monday.

The university says about 2,000 students gathered outdoors in the Southwest residential area after Sunday’s game, destroyed property, started fights and set off firecrackers. One of the students arrested allegedly threw a chunk of ice at an officer trying to quell the crowd, while another allegedly threw a road flare at officers.

Two UMass Amherst police officers deployed tear gas on UMass Amherst students and others on campus.
Caroline O'Connor/Massachusetts Daily Collegian
Two UMass Amherst police officers deployed tear gas on UMass Amherst students and others on campus.
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They face charges including assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

All were released on personal recognizance and face punishment up to expulsion if they are found to have violated the university’s student conduct code.

Two UMass Amherst police officers deployed tear gas on UMass Amherst.
Caroline O'Connor/Massachusetts Daily Collegian
Two UMass Amherst police officers deployed tear gas.