No Block Party Yet

By: Amanda Crawford Email
By: Amanda Crawford Email

Even though thousands of people responded to a college block party in Harrisonburg, so far it's been a quiet weekend.

Harrisonburg police spokeswoman Mary Hope Vaas says she hopes it stays that way.

"We're certainly very thankful that it was a quiet evening, and we hope tonight is another quiet evening," says Vaas.

She says they've had extra patrol cars out all weekend.

"We certainly don't want to ruin anyone's plans for the weekend, but just want people to realize the job we have to do and keep everyone safe in this community," says Vaas.

Michael Johnston lives at Hunters Ridge and says he's noticed the heightened security.

"The security car has been going around non-stop," says Johnston. "Yeah, I'd say there's been extra police out there."

He says threats from apartment management, the police and even the James Madison University president show students how serious the situation is.

"If they wanted to stop another block party from happening, I think people needed the extra warning to actually not do it," says Johnston.

He says it's not fair to try to stop all college parties, but students do need to know there's a safe limit.

"JMU is not the only thing in Harrisonburg," says Johnston. "We have neighbors, we have other people that live here, and we need to be respectful of them." is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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