Parks Mall implements teen curfew after fight video goes viral

ARLINGTON, TX (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas mall is making big changes after video of a big fight went viral last week.

Beginning Friday, April 22, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult to shop at Parks Mall in Arlington after 2 p.m.

Last Saturday, a viral cellphone video captured a big fight that broke out at the mall. Several teenagers have been accused of fighting in public.

“I was appalled,” said one buyer, Opal Roland Lee.

A mall official said the violence convinced them to implement a 2 p.m. curfew on Fridays and Saturdays.

From now on, anyone who appears to be under the age of 18 will be required to show ID proving they are an adult. If they can’t, they must be with someone who can prove they are at least 21 years old.

Buyers have mixed feelings about this plan.

“I think it’s fine, but instead of it just being the weekend, it has to be every day because the kids aren’t going to stop,” said fellow customer Christie Jenkins.

Others, like Lee, disagree. “I feel like the mall is not meant to be babysitters for kids.”

“Violence is a common thing these days and it shouldn’t be. I think it’s a good thing the mall is putting restrictions there,” said 13-year-old Abigail Peterson. “I just don’t know if they have to be that strict.”

Peterson said these new rules are unfair to teenagers like her who want to hang out at the mall.

“That takes a lot of people who just want to have fun at the mall,” Peterson said.

“It’s unfortunate for kids honestly coming to the mall, buying their stuff or hanging out, skateboarding or whatever, but customers and consumers need to be protected,” Jenkins said.

Arlington police said they support the changes and have responded to 50 calls to Arlington’s Parks Mall so far this year. The majority of them were related to shoplifting, but police said there were nine reports of assault, most involving teenagers between the ages of 15 and 16.


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