Keene State College Cracks Down on Students During Pumpkin Fest, Banning Visitors

Current KSC students are being punished now for what these guys did in 2014.

Current KSC students are being punished now for what these guys did in 2014.

Not known for being freedom-friendly, Keene State College is once again showing it’s authoritarianism and making headlines for it. Using the 2014 Pumpkin Fest riots as their excuse, they’ve banned students from having any guests, including family between October 26th and 29th.

According to Alex Pappas, the author of a petition begging college admins to rescind the policy, the college is threatening students with $100-per-guest fines and “disciplinary action” if they are caught with visitors.

Pappas’ birthday is within the timeframe and he’d been planning on having his family visit. Now because of fears surrounding riots that likely involved students who are no longer at KSC, the simple freedom of association has been stripped away.

Students shouldn’t be surprised, KSC has prospective students sign away all their rights at the beginning of their school career there. If the school security wants to stop and frisk a student, or inspect their dorm room, they can and will. Better hope they don’t see Raised in a government school system for more than a decade prior, many students are used to police searches thanks to the insane “war on drugs” that has been raging against the rights of students in the hallways of government schools at all levels for years.

KSC’s spokesbureaucrat says the policy is for the “safety” of the students. According to the Union Leader story, they will not be rescinding the restriction despite the hundreds of petition signatures.

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Let’s not forget the real reason the Pumpkin Fest riots occurred in 2014. According to the students who were there, it was the crackdown by police on daytime parties that started the roaming crowds of drunken, angry revelers. The police attacks on peaceful students continued into the night, completely unprovoked.

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10 Comments

  1. You are very wrong ian. The riots started because some kids were drinking and a fight broke out. The police didn’t crack down on “peaceful people” They began clearing people out of areas they weren’t supposed to be in. Some of the freekeeners took part in egging on the riot or did you forget that part.

  2. Of course, Jumping Jacks, you have PROOF of this ‘egging on’ don’t you?

  3. Jumping idiot we were all there beginning to end , you most certainly were not .. why don’t you find a job instead of welfare , stop typing and be productive like getting tape , and putting on your sorry excuse of a human mouth .

  4. Oh Jacks, you’ll never tell the truth when a lie will do, now will you? Overzealous policing has been posited as being the root cause of riots in many cases, so it’s not like Ian’s interpretation here lacks any plausibility.

    Take UMass Amherst’s “Blarney Blowout” riot in 2014 for instance. When former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis was hired to review what happened there, he published a report recommending that police consider adopting less aggressive tactics when dealing with disturbances in large crowds. You can read that report in its entirety if you’re interested. You’ll find it here:

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2014/09/18/davis-report-umass-blarney-blowout/TenPLQ6CmuEYboN0cYC9SK/story.html

    I know you won’t read it, though, Jacks. You’re funny that way, aren’t you?

  5. Good for KSC for finally taking responsibility for their student body. Pissed me off when I was a KSC student and Keene resident.

  6. I find it interesting that there is a video that has Christopher Cantwell among other libertarians shouting and inciting the students at Keene State to Fuck The Police during that riot. As for Optimus1, he’s the one that needs to get a job, take care of his offsping, and be productive. Instead he peddles around making himself look like a “toddler ” in front of the authority figures.

  7. JP telling someone to get a job when he collects welfare. That’s priceless!!

  8. SW NH Citizen X – Yes, one person was Graham Colson and he was arrested for it. Graham was part of the freekeene movement at the time.

  9. Say Jacks, I can’t help but notice that our dear friend Ernesto has been killing it while trolling your rivals here. He’s even started to move in on SFK’s territory by taking on JP directly. Now that’s daring! You know Jacks, I’m starting to think that Ernesto could be a fantastic mentor for you. Perhaps he’d consider taking you under his tutelage? Ask nicely, Jacks. You wouldn’t want to miss out on your chance here, especially if SFK decides to snap him up.

  10. so, “Let’s not forget the real reason the Pumpkin Fest riots occurred in 2014. According to the students who were there, it was the crackdown by police on daytime parties that started the roaming crowds of drunken, angry revelers”

    the cops didnt throw bottles…in the bottle wars. so that wasnt the cops fault

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