Fanshawe suspends 8 students following weekend riot

March 19, 2012

8 Fanshawe College students have been suspended and could face expulsion for their involvement in a St. Patrick's Day riot on Fleming Drive, an off-campus housing area. The incident resulted in extensive damage, including a burned CTV news truck, and a number of minor injuries. Among the 13 individuals arrested so far, 7 have been identified as Fanshawe students. Fanshawe president Howard Rundle says administration is taking the off-campus violence seriously and will be conducting its own investigation alongside police efforts. Authorities are combing through all the evidence, including a lot of social media and video offered by students who were "embarrassed" by what happened, says London Mayor Joe Fontana. Fanshawe has created a secure e-mail account where people can send information in connection to the riot. Rundle agrees with Fontana's proposal to use zoning and curfew rules to prevent similar riots. The long-term solution will be to break up the student enclave on Fleming Drive, he says. London Free Press | CBC | Toronto Star | Globe and Mail