The Springfield City Police Department and Springfield College are still investigating an incident involving members of the Springfield College football team and students from American International College at 185 King Street on March 4.
An altercation between the two groups resulted in injuries that required hospital treatment on both sides, according to published reports from The Republican/Masslive.com and Springfield College Director of Marketing and Communications Steve Roulier.
“No charges have been filed yet against anyone, and that is still ongoing,” said Roulier. He stressed, however, that “The College does not tolerate violence…I can assure you the college will do the right thing.”
While confirming that no charges have been brought, Sergeant John Delaney of the Springfield Police said, “I know there are five suspects that have been named, but they have not been arrested. All of them [are] Springfield College people.”
Delaney says that the police are still seeking information about the incident.
“I know a lot of people have been here giving statements to the detectives and everything was sent to the D.A.’s office.”
With the investigation ongoing, others at Springfield College declined requests for comment, including head football coach Mike Delong, Associate Dean of Campus Life Terry Vecchio, and Bohdan Zaryckyj, the Coordinator of Alcohol & Other Drug Education.
Additionally, The Student left a message that was not returned with the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office.
The incident, which took place around 2:30 a.m., led to lots of property damage at the house, including broken windows and damage to a car. Some of the damage and injuries were reportedly caused by students with baseball bats.
According to Roulier, the Springfield Police investigation is being done in collaboration with campus safety. Additionally, the Student Affairs Office is conducting its own investigation.
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