Teens participate in ‘fight club’ events, say Colorado police

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The Fort Collins Police Department is warning of “fight club” events organized by teenagers in city parks.

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Fort Collins, Colorado, police are warning of ‘fight club’ events started by teens in city parks.

“These ‘fight clubs’ involve teenagers intentionally entering into physical fights while onlookers watch,” the Fort Collins Police Department said on Twitter Wednesday. “Based on what we’ve been able to gather, date and time dating information often spreads through personal social networks like Snapchat.”

Deputy Chief John Feyen told the Coloradoan that the department is aware of at least two events, and possibly a third, in which teenagers gathered in public parks combat. The fights involved the use of boxing gloves and the use of illegal substances, The Coloradoan reported.

“We don’t want to be the ones who say, ‘Kids can’t go out, kids can’t socialize,'” Feyen told the outlet. “But those decisions they make to meet and fight…can really have long-term effects on a child’s health.”

Police only learned of one of the rallies after it ended, but were dispatched to the other while it went on, KDVR reported. About 20 teenagers were there, and police said one teenager was arrested for being underage in possession of alcohol. However, no one was arrested for assault or fighting because no one would admit to fighting during police questioning, police said.

“We are concerned that those involved or bystanders could be seriously injured (or worse),” the department said on Twitter, adding that additional officers will be patrolling the parks “to support community safety.”

Police have asked anyone with details of the events to call their non-emergency line at 970-419-FCPD or reach them at 911 for active or emergency situations.

The department also urges teens to speak with trusted adults, like parents or teachers, about the events if they hear about them.

There were no reports of serious injuries during the fighting, KDVR reported.

This story was originally published October 7, 2021 5:07 p.m.

Vandana Ravikumar is a McClatchy Real-Time reporter. She grew up in northern Nevada and studied journalism and political science at Arizona State University. Previously, she reported for USA Today, The Dallas Morning News and Arizona PBS.

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