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Parents Speak Out Against Richmond "Hood Fights"

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Richmond, VA—Concerned parents are speaking out, after videos of Richmond teens engaged in so-called "hood fights" went viral online.

Several videos show groups of teens fighting brutally, punching each other in the torso, head and back. Another video shows two young boys raining each other with blows, while others stand around and watch.

Residents of the area say the fights are happening most often in Fairfield and Mosby Courts, during the day and night.

"It happens just like that. Once it start getting loud, that's when everyone comes outside. Once they throw a swing, that's when everybody swarms and that's when it happens," resident and concerned parent Charles Mayo told 8News.

Mayo says the fights start between youngsters from rival neighborhoods, and that police are in the area—but never at the right time.

"The fight be over with and everybody be gone by the time the police get here. They come at the wrong time."

Members of the community want the violence to end immediately. Fairfield Court Resource Center counselor Shinary Hall thinks the fights will cease only after the combined effort of residents.

"I would like to see residents of Fairfield and other public housing communities return to a village…it takes a village to raise a child. Until we become a community again, these kinds of things will continue to happen."

A spokesperson from the Richmond Police Department told 8News that officers continually patrol the area where the fights occur, but they need residents to call them about when and where children are fighting in their neighborhood.

Stay with 8News for updates.

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