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Large crowd at Central State requires assistance from six police agencies

Police from six agencies were called to Central State University’s campus to aid in dispersing a crowd as large as 200 people after a fight possibly involving a handgun Sunday evening, according to reports from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

Multiple fights were reported on and near campus starting at 6 p.m. and four arrests were made of those who refused to return to their dorms or leave the scene. Officers were temporarily posted at the doorways to dorms “to lock down the campus until it could be cleared and order be restored,” according to the sheriff’s reports. No weapon was found.

The university will be investigating the cause of the incident and pursuing discipline against students who violated Central State’s code of conduct, said university spokeswoman Gayle Barge.

“We have a very specific code of conduct here that we take very, very seriously,” Barge said. “Any students found not to be in accordance with the university code of conduct, those students will be dealt with very thoroughly and appropriately.”

University officers were assisted by the sheriff’s office, Greene County park rangers, the Ohio Highway Patrol and police from Xenia, Cedarville and Jamestown, according to reports. The crowd was described at 6:12 p.m. as 50 to 75 people, but grew to 200 people in a report at 8:28 p.m.

Police calls for onlookers to disperse were “met with taunts from the students that we did not have the right to tell them what to do, and that this was their campus,” according to a report.

One juvenile who fled from campus was assaulted by three men inside Speedway, but he refused medical treatment and declined to press charges or give police a statement. He said he did not know his assailants, according to reports.

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