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Teenagers facing riot charges after fight in Springfield

The mother of two of the children involved in Sunday's fight is speaking out.

Posted: Feb 26, 2018 6:32 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Seven teenagers are facing riot charges, after a fight in Springfield over the weekend.

Police said everyone involved was under 18-years-old. No guns were used but police said there were multiple weapons involved.

KEZI spoke with a mother of two of the children involved in the fight. She did not want to be identified. She said she did not know her children were headed to a fight Sunday night and would have stopped it if she had.

Police said two groups, of children ages 12 to 15, agreed to meet up in the field behind East Side Baptist Church around 8 p.m. Sunday. They said the rumors that it was gang-related are not true. Officers said some of the kids had weapons, including a knife, a bat, and a tire iron.

The mother told KEZI the fight stemmed from tension building between the two groups on social media. She said her daughter received threatening messages.

“Before her birthday, they were going to kill, shoot or jump (her) all of it before her birthday.”

Detectives said one boy was injured by a knife to his stomach but determined it happened during the struggle and it did not appear to be intentional. They also said a woman who tried to break up the fight, suffered a head injury.

But, the mother KEZI spoke with said her daughter told her the boy was stabbed intentionally and that the woman who tried to intervene hurt her.

"This lady was not trying to intervene, if you intervene you are not hitting or choking,” the mother said. “She choked my daughter.”

She said her daughter has a broken nose and bruises on the side of her face and neck.

Lt. Scott McKee with Springfield Police said it’s unfortunate something like this happened. He said violence is never the answer when settling differences.

“The outcome is we all end up getting charged with a crime, somebody ends up with stitches and we probably, in the end, didn’t have to do this,” McKee said.

McKee said more people involved in this fight could still get arrested.

Officers want anyone with information on the fight to contact them.

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