UPDATE (10:56 a.m. on 10/22/2013): Kemal Jackson-Hinton, a 22-year-old senior and English major from Ft. Washington, Md. turned himself in to VSU Police for his involvement in last week's stabbing incident at Virginia State University. He was charged in Chesterfield County with one count of aggravated assault.
PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC)—The weekend's homecoming celebrations were on many students' minds, until chaos erupted Wednesday afternoon. A series of fights took place across campus; one person got stabbed. Dozens of students were outside for an event when the first fight broke out.
"And it was just moving from different areas of the campus, just like a bunch of people fighting," said VSU student James Jarrett. "Two girls started fighting, then that sparked like a huge riot … people getting kicked in the head."
The stabbing victim he has been treated and released from the hospital.
University officials announced Thursday morning that the suspect in the stabbing had been identified, and contact had been made with that individual.
"Wednesday's incident is not indicative of the campus culture at VSU," says VSU President Keith T. Miller. "Those involved will be held responsible for their actions, both by the University and, through the criminal justice system. "
As a result they say all homecoming activities are being reviewed, and there will be increased security and police presence during VSU's homecoming festivities over the weekend.
Students on campus today expressed frustration over the ordeal.
They say they worry yesterday's events will put a damper on the entire homecoming week.
"It makes me mad because I was like looking forward to the jim-jam on Saturday because I am a freshman," says student Shawn Paige. "I was expecting to have fun all this week but then all this nonsense happened last night and I am like what am i going to do for the rest of the week now."
Tyler Hutchins is in his last year at VSU, and just hopes the homecoming chaos is over for the week.
"I think right now at this time it will put a damper on it, but I think maybe in a day or two, people will try to look past it and try and have a good time."
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