St. Patrick's Day incident at Pour House

USC is working with CPD and the Five Points Association

Statement by President Harris Pastides

We are very concerned about the incident that occurred at Pour House over St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The aggressive behavior exhibited is not consistent with the expectations we have for our neighbors in Five Points. The videos that are now surfacing are disconcerting to say the least.

Our immediate concern is Ryan’s recovery. We have been in touch with him and offered the full support of the university as his injuries heal and he returns to class.

We have also been in touch with the Columbia Police Department, State Representative Justin Bamberg — who is serving as Ryan’s legal counsel — and the Five Points Association to express our concern and dismay over the situation. We know CPD is conducting a full investigation and look forward to the resolution of this case.

The safety of our students is our primary concern. We will continue to work with our neighbors in Five Points, the City of Columbia and CPD on issues related to safety and alcohol consumption. Together we are a thriving urban community and we all have a role to play in ensuring a positive and safe student experience that enriches our city. 

This weekend, Columbia and the University of South Carolina are in the national spotlight as we celebrate the success of our men’s and women’s basketball teams. All of us — students, local residents and businesses — should take President Pastides’ words to heart, “while the national limelight in Dallas and Phoenix will shine brightly for a week, the brightest and most important light of all, is the one you carry with you every day.”


The university would like to extend its thanks to the Columbia Police Department for moving swiftly to seek justice in this case. We value our continued partnership and are grateful for their support of student safety. 

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