Student riot

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A student protest in London in 2010

Student riots, college riots, or campus riots are riots precipitated by students, generally from a college, university, or other school.


Often student riots are political in nature, such as those that were common in the US and Western Europe during the Vietnam War era, although student riots can occur as a result of peaceful demonstration oppressed by the authorities and after sporting events (hooliganism). In the US, the student riots of recent years have been linked to alcohol consumption.[1]

There were huge student riots in China during 1989, when the students started protesting against the injustice of their politicians. The government was angry with the protests and brutally beat and murdered those who went against them.

In a number of countries, such as Mexico, Chile, Iran, Venezuela and Bangladesh, students form an active political force, and student riots can occur in the context of wider political or social grievances.[2][3][4]

Student riots can accompany a general strike, a student strike, or wider national protests.

In 2012 and 2013, Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg, California has experienced riots when lunch was in session or when school ended for the day. The riots were basically repetative, and sometimes the police would just show up. But there were no signs of riots after 2013, when a photo of the school principal restraining a 15-year-old student was uploaded online and quickly became viral, including racial comments, which caused the principal to suspend 12 of the students who commented on the photo.


The following are some examples of famous student riots:

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  1. ^ "College drinking". Archived from the original on 11 April 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "BBC ON THIS DAY - 2 - 1968: Student riots threaten Mexico Olympics". Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Students stone police in Iran riot". Mail Online. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Login". Retrieved 12 March 2016.