Cooley Dickinson Hospital 1:15 AM. All five ambulances (2 from Hamp) for Amherst patients
The scourge of rowdy student behavior seems to be turning inwardly as once again the medical side of pubic safety response bore the brunt of collage aged youth acting to excess. In this case, drinking.
Although busy, mostly with crowd control on streets near UMass, Amherst Police Department only made three arrests last night, all for "minors in possession of alcohol."
Amherst Fire Department, on the other hand, was once again OVERWHELMED with ETOH (passed out drunk) young "adults". In fact during those awful Bewitching Hours (midnight to 2:00 AM) all five Amherst ambulances were tied up (mostly with drunks) and Northampton had to provide two ambulances via mutual aid -- both of them for drunk college aged youth.
Last night into early this morning a total of ten college aged youth required transport for being dangerously intoxicated -- nine of them from UMass and one from Amherst College.
AFD fire engines had to be pressed into medical service, this one at UMass for ETOH male
The excuse of course will be a tired one: Amherst is a "college town" and all of this is simply a time honored "Rite of Passage." Especially during a pagan ritual like Halloween.
But you don't check manners at the door like an oversized backpack. Your right to be an uncivilized heathen slob ends when that bad behavior endangers innocent members of the general public, which includes families and senior citizens.
And yes, MY two children.
Ambulance again required at 45 Phillips Street for female who fell down stairs
The Mass Daily Collegian reports