School officials are cracking down on student punishment, Morgantown Mayor Jim Manilla has proposed a student fee to help the city's emergency personnel, and police are discussing an "unlawful assemblage" rule that would allow them to arrest both rioters and bystanders in future events.
"Protect Morgantown is a result of me reaching my breaking point. I'm tired of whoever is involved in destroying the city that I love and will always call home," Tucker posted to the Facebook page. "Couch burning was at one time simply a tradition of celebration. So what can we do? We can fight back. Let us be the rebels against the rebellious acts that are destroying the city we love."
The campaign's Facebook and Twitter accounts are sure to encourage students to stay out of harm's way and not to do anything illegal themselves while trying to prevent crime.
"We want everyone to remain safe, and if you ever feel like you're in danger, then we discourage taking any action," Ratliffe said. "But, if you see some kids dragging a couch out onto the street, step up and ask them not to. That's a start. What we're asking is simple. We just want to promote positive thinking."
In addition to sharing the Police Department's photos of the post-Texas game riots and urging people to identify the culprits, the campaign also encourages alternative thinking to show school spirit.
Protect Morgantown wants to partner with businesses and community leaders to plan a postgame event that would deter street riots and fires.
"If we do win a big game, people are going to celebrate. We want to have a place where people can go and be safe and be together as Mountaineers. I was in Austin for last week's game, and it was interesting to see a different student environment. You can have fun and have a huge student force behind you and not be destructive," Ratcliff said.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ProtectMorgantown or follow @ProtectMotown on Twitter.
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