Cel­e­bra­tory riots have plagued col­lege cam­puses over the last decade, espe­cially on St. Patrick’s Day or fol­lowing sporting events, said Jack Levin, pro­fessor of soci­ology and crim­i­nology at the Brud­nick Center on Vio­lence and Con­flict at North­eastern University.

Rioting has for years been a fad on col­lege cam­puses around the country and has often been inspired by rioting on another campus,” he said.

The most impor­tant factor is that par­tic­i­pants feel invul­ner­able and anony­mous,” he said. “Their indi­vidual actions get lost in a sea of screaming and shouting stu­dents. In the thinking of rioters, there will be no neg­a­tive con­se­quences for them.”

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