MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – It appears Morgantown residents and WVU students have grown weary of the out of control celebrations, street fires and property damage that is commonplace following a big win on the football field. Now, they’re using social media sites against those who are responsible for the university’s dubious reputation.
“I have had so many e-mails of screen captures, YouTube videos, pictures, tweets, Instagram from people saying I know this person,” said Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston.
Nearly everyone carries a cell phone equipped with a camera and incidents such as three young men rolling a car on its side Saturday night, are captured on video and posted online. However, now students and residents who are fed up with the mischief are sending tips to law enforcement.
“If there’s one positive thing coming out of this the public is sending a clear message to people that are coming into our community or are already in our community, that this behavior is not going to be tolerated,” said WVU Police Chief Bob Roberts.
Following WVU’s upset victory over Oklahoma State, ten street and dumpster fires were reported around town and the aforementioned car was tipped on its side.
“It could’ve been a lot worse,” said Preston. “I’m not happy with the fact we can’t act like we’ve won a football game before.”
Roberts says they are reviewing all over the social media postings, video and images in an effort to identify those responsible.