COLUMBIA — About 30 people were arrested on charges of trespassing during the rush to the field after Missouri’s win against Oklahoma.
Now, different people and organizations are pushing for leniency toward those arrested.
State Sen. Kurt Schaefer asked for leniency in a news release.
“Many of these individuals arrested are students who will now have to face the task of looking for a job after graduation with a criminal record," Schaefer said. "Perhaps we could look for a compromise given the excitement of the moment this event generated.”
Schaefer asked MU to drop the trespassing charges and instead give a lesser punishment, such as community service.
Also seeking to help protect the students is the Missouri Students Association.
“We have to stand up for the students,” MSA President Tim Noce said.
MSA is trying to find more information about Saturday's arrests. It is trying to figure out what agencies arrested the students and is also trying to talk to the students themselves. With that information, the association hopes to work with MU administrators to try to work something out.
MSA is also questioning the use of pictures of students rushing onto Faurot Field on university websites, Noce said.
The university was also selling photos of the scene on the field, MSA Senator Matt Sheppard said. *As of Wednesday the website has no photos available of students rushing the field.
“We want to make sure there is no double standard," Noce said. “I don’t understand how the university is profiting off of what the students did but arresting and ticketing them at the same time.”