‘I think it’s kinda dumb’: URI students react to 4 arrests made over weekend at large house party

Police said additional charges against students at the party could come as well as charges against the homeowners.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) — University of Rhode Island students reacted Monday to the four arrests made over the weekend at a large house party with about 400 students.

“Personally I think it’s kinda dumb. Kids need to have fun and it’s going to happen,” Owen Hackett said.

“I just think it’s a little stupid because why just arrest four students if everything is doing the same thing at every college, and of course they are underage it’s a college,” said URI sophomore Alex Soares.

Police said additional charges against students at the party could come as well as charges against the homeowners.

Senior Maddie Bower said with a lack of “college bars” in the area, it doesn’t leave students with much of a choice on where to hang out. To see parties like this happen less, she said things have to change in the surrounding communities.

“I think it’s a bigger problem at hand, our bar scenes are not really that great so it’s a lot of house parties. It’s the thing that people do but then people get in trouble and it goes too far,” Bower added.

Ethan Major, a junior, said that “it’s tough. It’s a fine line between. Everyone needs to be held accountable but not ruin the fun for everyone.”

Some students, like senior Montaner Fresilli, said one of the major draws to URI is the off-campus housing options for upperclassmen, which has always been associated with parties just like these.

“This area is dominated by rentals and dominated by college kids so I think it’s almost like an instilled part of the culture and I just don’t really think there’s much to change it,” added Fresilli.

ABC 6 News reached out to the school for comment but have not heard back.

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