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KENT -- Police are ready in case Saturday's scheduled College Fest 2 turns violent like last week's party did.
More than 30 people were arrested last Saturday on College Street in Kent when the first College Fest party ended with police in riot gear using tear gas, pepper spray, and flash grenades to break up a crowd that was showering them with bottles and debris.
"Groups of KSU students are planning to initiate more large disruptive parties this upcoming weekend," said Kent Police Chief Michelle Lee in a news release. "Police are prepared for enforcement actions necessary to combat any disruptive gatherings."
About 3,000 people have already indicated they will be attending this Saturday's party, called College Fest 2012 #2. They RSVP'd on a special Facebook page. The street party was scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
While one of the organizers said "we cannot have a repeat of last week," others who responded that they're coming to Kent said they are ready to "rage."
More than two-thirds of the people arrested last week were not Kent State students, and on campus Friday, most students said they were planning to stay far away from College Street this weekend.
"That's just not my scene," sophomore Lexie told WKYC. "I'll be studying for finals and then I have to work Sunday and Monday."
A Kent student from Parkman, Ohio, said he'd be leaving his dorm after Friday to head home for a weekend of work. "Especially after seeing the tear gas and riot gear," he said.
Some students who are not going to Saturday's street party will be on College Street Sunday at noon to clean up. Around 150 people have signed up on Facebook for the College Street Clean-Up.