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VEISHEA riots lead to felony charge against ISU football player

Rites of spring take a lot of different forms. Each community probably has its own. Some have a way of being a little more rowdy than others. It's not clear why, but it seems that the colder the winter, the more raucous the events tend to become.

As readers likely know, Iowa State University's annual rite of spring is called VEISHEA. It's being a tradition since 1922, according to the school's dedicated VEISHEA website. The state purpose of the related events is to provide a forum through which to showcase the community.

This year, there seems to be a certain amount of embarrassment rather than pride on the Ames campus after a riot broke out on Tuesday night and ran into Wednesday morning. 

The result is that the rest of the week's activities were canceled and five young men wound up under arrest. Most of the charges they were reported to have been booked under are misdemeanors, but one suspect is facing a felony charge of criminal mischief in the 2nd degree.   

While it might be easy to dismiss all that transpired as so much blowing off of steam after a long winter, the reality is that criminal charges have been filed. They should never be taken lightly. Futures being at stake, those who have been charged should be consulting with attorneys.

The individual facing the greatest array of charges also happens to be a potential starting player with the ISU Cyclones. The felony charge apparently stems from photographic evidence showing the young man carrying a traffic stop sign that someone had ripped out of the ground.

Though the case has a way to go before it is fully addressed in the court, fallout from the incident is already apparent. School officials confirm that the player has been suspended from the team indefinitely.

Source: The Des Moines Register, "Veishea rioters arrested, football player David Irving charged with felony," Sharyn Jackson, April 11, 2014

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