Several students who worked for four years to get their degrees were in court on the day they were set to get their diplomas.
Some seniors at Eastern Connecticut State University were in court on Tuesday after being arrested following a “get-together” that turned into a raging block party.
At the annual event called “The Stumbler,” five graduating seniors were arrested and charged with Breach of Peace.
Their cases were continued on Tuesday, but they said they wanted to share their sides of the story.
“We stayed at our own house, we wanted to be responsible, maintain the situation and keep it normal, but it got blown out of proportion,” said Bernardel Duplessy, an ECSU senior.
“We were trying to make everyone leave, more people kept on showing up,” said ECSU senior Cameron McCormack.
The seniors claim their party was crashed by hundreds of uninvited students.
Eastern officials said they sent out warnings weeks in advance, and punishments are all in line with the university’s code of conduct.
Students said they were able to negotiate their way into Tuesday’s graduation ceremonies, and will face their own punishment.
“We're all good kids, we have nothing on our records, besides this. We talked to them, they're going to let us all walk tonight and do a little community service and that's it,” McCormack said.
The students said they have another court date, but said they are looking forward to putting all of this behind them.
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