This video has been viewed over 600,000 times. It gives a good idea of what spring break is like on a south Texas beach.
As spring break climaxes, videos on social media of beach happenings are a plenty, including one of Port Aransas that is garnering attention by the thousands.
Facebook user Jonathan Vela posted a video on Wednesday showing a swarm of people running toward a fight while authorities attempted to get the situation under control.
“Taste of chaos in Port Aransas,” Vela’s post, which has been shared about 6,000 times, reads.
Port Aransas Chief of Police Scott A. Burroughs confirmed the incident started around 5:45 p.m. with a fight between two individuals.
As police tried breaking up that disturbance, another fight arose. The crowd of “several hundred” people “converged” on the officers. When the spectators did not disperse, the officers sprayed pepper spray above the crowd.
Burroughs said the video probably makes the incident look “much worse” than it actually was. Most people weren’t involved in the fight, but were closing in to get a look, he said.
Burroughs also told mySA.com spring break is their jurisdiction’s busiest time of the year, during which 20 percent of their annual arrests are made.
According to the chief’s statistics, as of noon on Thursday 103 spring break-related arrests have been made since Saturday at midnight. Burroughs said most are alcohol-related offenses, but none have involved shootings, stabbings or sexual assault so far.
My San Antonio put together a set of images from spring break in the past. They look like mid 60s to mid 80s images. The college students were more fit and much more white. Sample: