Penn State Police Break Up Rioting Students

Police at Penn State say they're gathering information on any possible arrests of students who rioted after longtime football coach Joe Paterno was fired.

Police in riot gear used pepper spray to try to break up the crowd of some 2,000 students who took to the streets of State College Wednesday night.

The students flooded downtown for about three hours after Paterno and university president Graham Spanier were fired amid a growing furor linked to their handling of sex abuse allegations against a former assistant football coach.

Some students chanted `We want Joe! We want Joe!" Others toppled a TV news van and kicked in its windows. A photographer was pelted with a rock.

Paterno had announced earlier in the day he planned to retire after the season and expressed remorse for not having done more after he learned of the sex assault allegations.


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Police in riot gear have confronted hundreds of Penn State students who took to the streets after the ouster of football coach Joe Paterno. Crowds toppled a television news van and at least one photographer has been pelted with a rock.

The students flooded downtown State College on Wednesday night after Paterno and university President Graham Spanier were fired amid a growing furor linked to their handling of sex abuse allegations against a former assistant football coach.

Officers used pepper spray to control the crowd. Some students chanted `We want Joe! We want Joe!" Others kicked in the windows out of the toppled news van.

Paterno had announced earlier in the day he planned to retire after the season and expressed remorse for not having done more after he learned of the sex assault allegations.


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