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After news broke Wednesday night that the Penn State Board of Trustees fired Joe Paterno amid the child sex scandal that has rocked the campus, things in Happy Valley were not exactly ... happy.

Joe Paterno fired as sex abuse scandal rocks Penn State football program

Thousands of students began rioting across campus in protest of the board's decision, chanting Paterno's name, throwing rocks at police, and tearing down lampposts, according to The New York Times. In an effort to control the madness, police responded with pepper spray.On the campus' College Avenue, disgruntled students even overturned a news van. Check out footage of the scene: