Apr 7, 2014 8:54 PM by Victoria Johnson, KSBY News
Deltopia, the annual college party in Isla Vista, is getting national recognition, but not in a good way. The party atmosphere took a violent turn Saturday night. Now, local law enforcement officials are picking up the pieces. The Associated Students at the University of California, Santa Barbara say they believe UCSB and its students need to take responsibility and are in part to blame for things getting out of hand. The Associated Students released this statement which says quote: "We will be requesting a civil grand jury investigation into the events of April 5th... We simply think that the more information we have on this event, the better equipped we will be to prevent it from ever happening again." The streets of Del Playa looked more like a war zone Saturday night. Now, local residents and students have something to say about it. "Out of towner's are usually not welcome. They usually, you know, break all the rules and do dumb stuff," said Party Goer Daniel Begazo. "I think there are a lot of UCSB students that are embarrassed and angry," said Kelly Hoover, Public Information Officer, Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office. Not all fingers can point to visitors for this party gone wrong. "Windshields broken and mirrors broke off the sides of cars and trash everywhere. As we mentioned stop signs had been yanked out of the ground," said Hoover. More than 15,000 revelers took part and more than 100 police patrolled the streets, watching from security cameras. But even that didn't stop the madness. "An officer got hit in the head with a backpack full of bottles, knocking him out. Other people were getting stabbed," said Mikey Fernandez. It was his first year at the event. "The gas was the worst. It feels like your eyes are on fire, your face is on fire and you can't breathe," said Begazo. "I was with my buddy when he got shot with a rubber bullet. It was horrible," said Fernandez. The Santa Barbara Public Health Department reports 45 people were transported to local hospitals due to injuries or incidents at Deltopia. Half of those transported were unconscious from alcohol poisoning. However, some people still looking forward to next year. "I'll come back next year. If Deltopia is still going to happen I'll probably come back. I'll come back," said Deltopia Attendee Devin Lindley. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reports they had 87 medical calls in a 6 block area in a 12 hour period during the party.They say there was even a stabbing. So far, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office reports more than 100 people were arrested. There will also be a meeting with community leaders to figure out where to go from here as this party continues to grow each year. There is already a Facebook page set up for Deltopia 2015. To read the full statement from Associated Students of UCSB, click here.
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