A Canadian college said Monday it has suspended eight students who allegedly took part in off-campus St. Patrick's Day riots that led to 11 arrests.
"Sadly, I must say the actions of some of our students not only endangered themselves but put our emergency responders and our community at risk," said Howard Rundle, president of Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.
Fanshawe authorities handed out provisional suspensions for six students Sunday and two additional students Monday following St. Patrick's Day revelries Saturday night that got out of hand.
As young people spilled out of residences near the college, the crowd allegedly swelled to about 1,000 people, got excited and burned cars to the ground, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., reported.
Police arrested 11 people, including seven identified as students who were part of what the CBC described as "riots" that caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.
"This is unacceptable. It will not be tolerated. It will not be excused. And we will not have those people as students of this college," Rundle said.
London Mayor Joe Fontana said city authorities are "disgusted" and "disappointed" with what happened and they're going to do something about it.
"We will be talking with the owners of these homes that rent to these students that want to be irresponsible. And we will be looking at zoning and curfew laws," Fontana said. "We will be looking at all of these things to ensure that this thing doesn't happen again."