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Community responds to beach fights

Rochester, N.Y. - Some people are not surprised at the fights and arrests at Ontario Beach Park Monday night. It isn't the first time that this kind of incident has happened there.

Mayor Lovely Warren said that police were prepared for the incident, but she is upset that it continues to happen. She is also concerned about young people in Rochester and she is not the only one.

Mayor Warren wants to look for ways to hold parents accountable, in order to keep Rochester's youth from being involved in violent incidents.

Many people who live around the area say that they are worried about fights that keep happening.

According to court paperwork, some 200 people were involved in a fight Monday night, a fight that closed the park. Most of those arrested were teens, but Mayor Warren believes it is time to hold parents accountable and is talking with city lawyers and judges to try and make that a reality.

"You hear people talk about the need for parents to understand the role and that they're responsible for their children's actions, so we'll look at that, we'll do some research and be out there," Mayor Warren said.

Charlotte community residents like Mike Parker aren't sure how to make the fighting stop.

"It's a tough question, because we could advocate for having a police substation up here 24/7, that probably still wouldn't stop it. I don't know what to suggest, more people being vigilant," said Parker, how is also the leader of the Charlotte Community Association.

Parker agrees with Mayor Warren that something needs to change, but he is skeptical about how that will happen.

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