Nearly 40 Collierville teens face 'fight club' charges

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A quick YouTube search brings up numerous videos of teenage fist fights, and some have been posted by Mid-South teens.

Collierville police say dozens of high school students there have been getting their kicks through "fight clubs."

"It's at a point where we think if we can get a reign on it, we can quell it before someone gets seriously injured," said Town of Collierville Spokesman Mark Heuberger.

Police say the fights have been staged in the parking lot outside the Malco Theater and at other locations across town.

"They've been in public parks to shopping center parking lots at random times of the day," Heuberger said.

According to Collierville High School students who requested to remain anonymous, the fights attract sizable crowds.

"It sucks for the guys who get caught," one student said.

Police say nearly 40 students face charges that include aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and participating in prize fighting.

"You're just putting it on YouTube just for attention - to say 'I can fight someone', basically," another student said.

Police say a concerned parent tipped them off last week to videos showcasing the fights, including one entitled "Collierville Fight, Josh versus Andrew."

The videos have since been removed from YouTube.

"According to most teenagers, there's not much to do in Collierville," said parent Martha Carol Carpenter. "But you should be able to find something other than that."

Parents like Rhonda Delacerda say the buck stops with them.

"You need to know what your kids are doing and make sure they're home, and that you know what's going on in their lives," she said.

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