Chaos erupts at New Year's party for kids and teens in Pensacola
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) —
Chaos erupted at a New Year's Eve party for kids and teenagers in Pensacola Sunday night.
Bobby Bentley, the owner of the skating rink, said the teen indicated others in the building also might have weapons. That is when he made the decision to shut down the event. He said they sent everyone to the middle of the rink to call their parents. Then a fight broke out.
"It was probably, two, three, four or five maybe fighting, more of them were trying to fight the police," Bentley said.
According to the sheriff's office, the boy who brought the gun and two others were arrested. Their names have not been released yet.
Bentley said he has held this event for years and has never had an issue. He said they do everything to make sure everyone is safe. That includes checking bags of people coming in and hiring off-duty officers.
"We love these kids to death," Bentley said. "We don't want anything to happen to any kid and last night's decision was based on safety."
Not all left without a scratch. Amber Stallworth said her 14-year-old daughter, Shaniya, had to go to the hospital because of an abrasion on her forehead.
"As a parent, I'm very hurt," Stallworth said.
Her daughter said she left the building and tried to go back in to find her brother, but was taken into custody by deputies.
"They tripped me, I hit the floor and hit my head," Shaniya said.
Major Andrew Hobbs with the sheriff's office told Channel 3 News deputies believed Shaniya was among the people fighting.
She said she was not. Now her mom does not want her going back.
"If a gun can be that easily snickered into there and then everybody else has to suffer the repercussions because of that one person, I would rather keep my children at home," Amber Stallworth said. "I value my children way more than that."
Dreamland Skate Center is offering vouchers that can be used in-house to the people who attended the event.