NC State students take over Hillsborough Street

NC State students on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh

May 3, 2010 8:29:54 PM PDT
Thousands of North Carolina State University students took over Hillsborough Street in Raleigh early Monday morning.Instead of studying in their dorms, students decided to blow off a little steam outside before final exams.

Several students attempted to attend a party near the Brick Yard on campus when they were told they needed a permit. So, they took their party on the road.

About 3,000 students gathered on Hillsborough Street and then headed to the state capitol, but they never made it.

Raleigh police, NC State police and Capitol police monitored the situation but did not stop the gathering.

Students say it was all in good fun, but the student who organized the event could be in trouble.

Sophomore Lindsey Holmes tells ABC11 Eyewitness News that she is talking to school officials about possible disciplinary action.

One of only a few businesses open late night near the campus said at first they had no idea what was going on.

"It was a bit crazy," a Gumby's manager said. "It was just a bunch of yelling and screaming, it was pretty intense. All of a sudden, I just heard screaming and kids running down the street and all I seen was glow sticks."

Raleigh police had to pull more than 30 officers from other districts to handle the crowd.

Police say no one was arrested and the students were well behaved, but some construction barrels were damaged as well as the seating area outside of Gumby's.

"We had a few benches get knocked over. A couple of benches got broken," a Gumby's manager said. "They're kids. They're going to do what they're going to do, regardless of whether someone tries to stop them or not so let them do what they're going to do."

Gumby's manager says they did make some extra money thanks to the event, as students purchased food and drinks for their walk.

"We understand that college students are going to be college students," Raleigh Police Department Capt. J.C. Perry said. "What we are trying to do, however, is to promote responsibility."

Even though no one was hurt, authorities say they would rather not see this again.

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