Leave it to cops to spoil a good time. SIU’s epic Solar Bear 2015 party suffered a bit of a hiccup as local police responded to what is believed to be an underage drinking call Saturday afternoon. @Girl_blue_eyed told our friends at @SIDrunks that the incident involved a student named “Joe” who tried to run from the police when singled out. He was tackled and needless to say, it didn’t go over very well with the crowd. A few beer bottles and cans were hurled in the cops direction and the pepper spray came out.
@Spoolin_All_4 said the students who were sprayed were of age and puked from the overspray. And while we don’t have enough details to be too judgmental at this time, pepper spraying students at a Semester kick-off party seems way extreme.
Solar Bear has been going on for years with little incident and while the crowd definitely gets large and amped up, the students for the most part are incredibly well-behaved and not looking to cause trouble- just a good time. Check back for more updates as we get them.