WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington police responded to Jelly Beans Skate Center Friday night to help disperse multiple fights.
According to Linda Rawley with WPD, officers from multiple units showed up around 9:00 p.m. to 5216 Oleander Drive. The management closed down the event after patrons kept letting in more and more people through the fire exits.
According to a manager at Jelly Beans, it happened during an evening open skate session with a featured DJ.
One mother we spoke to says it was traumatizing for her 10-year-old children. She told WWAY that she got a call from her children saying people were smoking weed and everyone was told to leave. She says she returned to the rink to find about 200 kids fighting in the parking lot, 20 cop cars surrounding them, and her children crying inside. When she asked police what was going on, she told us she was met with aggressiveness from one officer.
While picking up her children, she also allowed some of their friends who were scared to wait safely in her car while their parents arrived. She says she spoke to a man who told her that his son ran across Oleander Drive with his little sister and hid in a ditch because they were so scared.
This mother, who prefers to remain anonymous, says she understands the incident was not the fault of Jelly Beans, but hopes an incident like this never happens in the future.
Jelly Beans posted an update to their Facebook page, apologizing and thanking the community for their support.
I want thank everyone for coming out tonight. I hate we had to cut the night short. Thanks again for supporting our community and family friendly skating rink.
We have reached out to Wilmington Police for more information.