VALLEY VIEW, OH (WOIO) - Authorities are trying to determine what caused a huge fight Friday night at the Valley View Cinemark theatre. Valley View Police Chief Matthew March is not ruling out any possibilities.
''It was said social media played a part in this,'' he said.
As many as 300 boys and girls were involved the fight that started inside the theatre, spilled outside and into two nearby restaurants. Police say off-duty officers working security for Cinemark reported several fights in progress that started inside the theater and then spilled into the parking lot.
40 police officers from six different law enforcement agencies had to be called in to restore order.
Michael Woods' daughter was at the theatre and he did not like the way police dispersed the crowd.
''They intimidated them with dogs, they scared them, we're talking about girls,'' said Woods.
But Chief March says police should receive high marks for the way they handled the large, unruly crowd.
''That's a lot of kids at one time in one area, no officers were hurt no one else was hurt,'' Chief March explained.
No arrests were made but authorities are trying to determine if the fight was planned through social media and if it was
at least three juveniles, two females and one male ages 13-15, could be facing charges.