In my opinion, Bates College students are correct: excessive force was used during their drunken brawl. Not by the police but, by the students.

The students involved should be ashamed of themselves. They blocked an ambulance, have been accused of seriously injuring a police officer, caused property damage and have severely damaged the good name of Bates College.

However, what I find most disturbing is the complete and total lack of remorse on the part of the students once they had sobered up. Certainly not all of the students involved were unruly.

Thankfully the students are all signing a petition to present to the college president. Now she will be sure to have all of the names of the students who are no longer welcome in this community.

By the way, when can we expect the president’s apology to the police and rescue personnel who responded to Bates College’s call for help?

The parents of those involved might buy their ridiculous stories; however, I don’t believe the community does.

The students showed very poor judgment in allowing themselves to get drunk, disorderly and who knows what else. After the fact, they have displayed a frightening lack of character by refusing to accept responsibility for their actions. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The 11 mug shots speak volumes.

The students should grow up and accept the consequences for their actions.

Catherine Ferrell, Greene

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