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. 

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  • blugldmn

    It's easy... Find the people responsible.... Kick them out of school immediately.... Then prosecute them immediately ...

    And publicize that as much as the incident...

  • Kenny Wright

    Is this a reason for WVU to be ranked the #1 party school in the nation?

  • Scott

    I made some comments before the season even started that things were getting out of hand and got bashed for it.

  • Woodchuck

    Wvu said that with the purchase of all the property in sunny side this would not happen.

    Guess they were wrong again

    • Charleston,WV

      Right, but that is a project in motion. In other words, they are still tearing down the old infrastructure.

  • game time

    Meet Joe Arpaio, your new counselor...

  • Dale

    Obvioulsy, those responsible need counseling, not punishment. They have never learned to properly direct the feeling of enjoyment. Probably abbused as children.

    • Ragweed

      Yea, that'll do it - give 'em counseling so they can go out after session and do it again. I say give'em prison time and thirty lashes. That's the best counseling.

    • Joe

      Possibly the funniest comment I have ever read. Perhaps they should sue their own parents.

  • Curly Joe


    • Fussin'

      I attended games at Notre Dame and watched fans get thrown out by the State Police. And the fans that got thrown out were not students but Alumni that decided to attack WVU fans coming back to their seats after a break in the game. There are idiots at every school. And no I'm not defending any of the behavior. Just rebutting the civilized behavior noted at Notre Dame. I attended games at every Big East venue and then some. The absolute worst fans I encountered were at Penn State and Notre Dame, in my opinion they just have better damage control on campus and the incidents don't make national news.

    • Alum

      These idiots doing these acts in the wee hours have nothing to do with those that attend the games. The game is the excuse for destructive behavior. Did you forget about College Park and Columbus and those misdeeds? I hope you don't have selective memory.

  • Ricardo

    What a waste of public service dollars having to respond to these types of incidents. What if there were a true emergency where these first responders were needed? I think it's time we grow up.

  • Matt

    The last time something like this happened (the car situation) the students opened a bank account and people were able to make donations to the person whose car was ruined. They ended up raising about $20k and the victim got a new car within a few weeks. They should do that again for this person.

  • game time

    Ride the PRT before and after the games. These students are just as rude and filthy sobor as they are drunk.

  • Martinsburg Resident

    The problem in today's society is that if the car would have flipped back on them, they would have sued the owner and WON! They should all spend time in prison doing hard labor... society is losing control and a strong message needs to be sent that this is not acceptable behavior... What an embarassment...sad!

    • liberty4all

      Agree with the last part. The first part is utter nonsense. Find me a real case similar to that and maybe I'll believe it. Otherwise you might be relying on the list of "cases" the US Chamber of Commerce typically puts out as "Outrageous Lawsuits" which have been debunked as urban legend. Examples have included the thief stealing tires who was injured and won, or the person who placed the RV on cruise control, went to the back, it crashed and she sued the manufacturer.

  • JTC

    All should be arrested for destruction of property.

  • al

    This is the product of our society, one that allows people to behave in this manner without proper punishment.

  • tw eagle

    Property destruction is an absolute no-no . . .what started as celebratory bonfires in the 50's has grown into a major problem for both the city and the university . . .wanton misbehavior ,as turning and burning autos , should be prosecuted . . ..

    . . . BUT . . .there should be some middle ground to be found to allow some form of
    "burning" that is an iconic part of WVU . . .
    pick a spot on the campus , my suggested spot , is where the students used to light a
    bonfire on Friday nights before games . . .
    giving the students a "designated " spot should keep the celebrations contained . . .a contained area makes it easy for the PD& FD
    to manage the mayhem of students gone wild . . .

  • Jdawg

    What if the car tipped over on them??? It wouldn't be so funny then.

    • Jim

      Yeah buddy. I watched it to the end hoping for that.