- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 4, 2001

The Maryland students who lit bonfires after Maryland´s Final Four loss to Duke broke the law (“Mayor outraged by fans´ behavior in College Park,” Metro, April 2). Police in “soft” riot gear showed up to break up the crowd so that firefighters could put out the flames. When firefighters arrived, they “dodged beer bottles and other objects” as they tried to do their job. And the police sat by and watched? These lawbreakers were endangering themselves, firefighters, and property not to mention illegally stopping traffic and, as you report, the police made no arrests?

These kids were testing their limits, and the police failed to show them that any existed. Now they will think that they can start bonfires on the slightest whim. What will be the next limit they test?

Shame on the kids, and shame on the police for not protecting the firefighters and the community.


STEPHEN STARLING

Silver Spring


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