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[VIDEOS] What It Was Like On The Ground At The Senior Tailgate

Update Wednesday, October 3: New video we’ve received shows the interaction between officers and students at the senior tailgate while the helicopters fly overhead. In the video, one officer on horseback pulls a student away and two others constrain him.

Video via Alyssa Kleiner

Original story: Before the White Out on Saturday, Pennsylvania State Police flew a helicopter over the senior tailgate in the Yellow lot at the corner of Orchard Road and Park Ave in an effort the break up what State Police described as a “large-scale party that was getting out of hand.”

The helicopter flew low enough (as low as 30 feet above the ground by witnesses’ estimates) to cause tents and other debris to go airborne.

State Police said Monday the helicopter was called in to give commands from a loudspeaker after police struggled to control the situation on the ground and with officers on horseback. When personnel realized how low the helicopter was flying, they pulled it up to a higher, safer altitude.

On Tuesday, Penn State Police and Public Safety said helicopters would no longer be used to control crowds at tailgates.

With tents being pulled out of the ground and garbage flying through the air, the intervention created a surreal and frightening scene that looks like a cross between Grand Theft Auto and The Wizard of Oz.

We compiled all the videos sent to us and found on Snapchat to give clearer ideas of how big the senior tailgate’s “disorderly crowd” was and what it looked and sounded like on the ground when the helicopter flew in.

Video via Dean Pritchard
Video via Mike Warren
Video via Frank Scaramuzzo
Video via Ethan Levy 
Video via Dilon Bodenheimer

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Anthony Colucci was once Onward State’s managing editor and preferred walk-on honors student who majored in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. If you want to hear the story or are bored and want to share prequel memes, follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter or email him at [email protected]. All other requests and complaints should be directed to Onward State media contact emeritus Steve Connelly.

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