Brawl involving 300 teens, kids near Atlantic Station sends 1 to hospital, police say

Teen hospitalized after multiple fights happen at Atlantic Station

ATLANTA — Police say a fight involving around 300 teens and children broke out near Atlantic Station Saturday night, leaving one teen injured and another in custody.

Police said the fight broke out around 6:30 p.m. among a group of boys near the bowling alley. Video shows dozens of teens in a brawl on the 17th Street Bridge along with several officers trying to break up the fight.

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“The large group began fighting over what appears to be an ongoing dispute between the males,” police said.

Several teens ran from the scene. Officers arrested one boy they said was the primary aggressor.

A 13-year-old was taken to the hospital.

Family members of the victim reached out to Channel 2 Action News to say that he will recover, but that he was brutally attacked and robbed. Family members said they did not get much help from Atlanta police, who were not able to control the kids.

The mother of the teen said a large group jumped her son for no reason.

“For them to hurt each other and be unruly and there needs to be something in place for them to realize that it’s not okay for us to hurt one another,” said Tanisha Smith.

Her son ended up in the hospital.

“He has abrasions. His nose is nose is swollen. They have to CT scan when the swollen goes down. He has abrasions to his lips,” said the teen’s sister Iresha Ridley.

The boy’s family suggested age restrictions and more supervision at Atlantic Station.

“There needs to be something in place where a child needs to be if there 17 and older, if a child is 13 and 14 years older, they do not need to be there,” Smith said.

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