A video shown on the Action News Jax Facebook page about a brawl at the Orange Park Mall last Saturdays has gone viral with more than 800,000 views. Here is another angle.
Up to 60 people may have been involved in the brawl. Five were arrested including three juveniles according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
A mother of the girl who was arrested who does not want to be identified said her daughter is a victim. Her 15 year old daughter went to the mall with her friends to watch a movie when people started bullying them.
The mother added that her daughter and her friends were walking around the mall and people are bullying them. Her daughter and her friends were minding their own business and adult and girls started picking on them and saying stuff. The adult spit on her daughter’s face.
The mother also said that her daughter was thrown on a couch in the mall. Even if the mother insisted that her daughter was a victim, her daughter was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer.
The video found by Action News Jax from a Facebook page was said to be posted at 11:44 a.m. Saturday that said "video shoot @6 it's a movie.", followed by another post with a picture of the brawl at 6:21 p.m. that said “21 likes who wanna see it."
The Facebook posted video suggests that the fight was premeditated.
Action News Jax found a photo of a group of girls at the mall wearing identical airbrushed T-shirts.
This fight at the Orange Park Mall is something not new. 150 people was arrested involved in a brawl in the mall back in Christmas 2015.
Despite the trouble, the mother of the arrested teen says she will still allow her daughter to go back to the mall because she believes that her daughter is not a troublemaker.
Orange Park Mall officials say their top priority is the safety of shoppers, retailers and employees.