Judge orders seven fans to write essays on what they have learned

BOSTON -- Seven rowdy Red Sox fans have a homework assignment, and it has nothing to do with baseball.

A judge has ordered them to write a five-page essay explaining what they have learned from their experience of being arrested after the Red Sox won the American League Championship Series on Sunday night.

The defendants must also provide proof to the court that their parents are aware of their arrests.

The seven were among 26 people -- many of them college students -- charged with disorderly conduct charges. A spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney's office says many were arrested for ignoring police orders to clear the area around Fenway Park after the game.

Some in the crowd allegedly threw rocks and bottles at police.

"We wanted to send a strong message that shenanigans would not be tolerated," Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told the Boston Herald. "We were a lot better prepared this year than we were in 2004."

When celebration broke out after Boston beat the Yankees to win the 2004 AL pennant, 21-year-old Emerson College student Victoria Snelgrove was accidentally killed by a pepper pellet fired by a police officer.

"We want everyone to be safe, and root for the Red Sox," Menino told the Herald.

The Herald estimated that about 1,000 officers were on the streets around Fenway on Sunday night. According to the newspaper, Boston police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said no complaints were logged against the police.

Menino said the police presence will remain bolstered on Wednesday night when the World Series opens at Fenway.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.