Who should be held accountable for the fights at Ontario Beach Park?

Updated: 05/27/2014 5:13 PM
Created: 05/27/2014 7:22 AM WHEC.com

A place where families go to enjoy the nice weather was disrupted by violence. Today, Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte is back open after several fights broke out late Monday, closing the park for more than an hour.

One police report says there were more than 200 people involved in yesterday’s incidents. Today, we are finding out what the City of Rochester is doing about this, including holding parents accountable.

The Rochester Police Department and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested more than 10 teenagers yesterday including 16-year-old Alex Frens of Greece. The charges are mostly disorderly conduct. Frens is also charged with resisting arrest.

“I get frustrated with seeing what I would say is packs of kids acting like they don't have any sense.” Adam McFadden is on the City Council. He blames the kids' parents.

Berkeley Brean: “I was at City Court where two of the young kids were. They had adults with them. Parents with them. They seemed to be concerned about what happened.”
Adam McFadden: “I'm sure they are. Their kids were arrested. Why wouldn't they be?”
Brean: “I guess you're saying where was the concern yesterday? “
McFadden: “I'm not even saying that they weren't concerned. I'm just questioning why would anyone allow their children to go someplace like that and not have adult supervision, is what I’m asking.”

Mayor Lovely Warren told News10NBC she's disappointed. She says the first thing she did was direct the city lawyers to investigate how other cities hold parents accountable when their underage teenage children cause this kind of problem. The mayor says there was a combination of 16 officers and deputies patrolling the beach park all day Tuesday. In her mind that was enough.

The mayor says police were monitoring social media and saw no indication of any planned fight. In her words, one fight sparked another one.

Alex Frens

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