Teens jumped at Adams Butzel rec center in Detroit, parents demand change

It was chaos at an Oak Park recreational center last week after a crowd of people unload punch after punch on at least two teenage girls at Butzel Rec Center in Oak Park.

The fight scene was caught on cell phone video and two moms say it was their daughters were attacked and beaten up at the rec center.

"My child could have been killed. Either of our kids could have been killed." Latrina McDuffee said. "It looked like it was grown men who were swinging on a 15 and 16 year old,"

McDuffee, along with Scherron Lever, say their teenage daughters were beaten up at the rec center last Friday.

"Guys socked her. Her jaw was swollen, hair pulled put, scratches everywhere, arms bruised," Lever said.

According the moms, a group of girls walked up to the two and told them that a friend want to fight. When Lever heard her daughter was getting jumped, she immediately went to the rec center.

"The first thing I thought is my four year old is with her. (I) ran up to Butzel. (I) get up there and it's like a hundred kids so I go in between them and broke them up," Lever said.

Oak Park School Officials told McDuffie's daughter and others involved in the fight who attend NOVA Discipline Academy to not return to campus and they encourage them to continue to access their online instruction from home, while they investigate the incident.

The two moms are sharing their stories because they want changes at the rec center before somebody else gets hurt.

"I want security up there want police to ride through break crowds up and make them go home to keep trouble down," Lever said.

A representative for the City of Detroit's Recreation Department tells Fox 2, in part, "as soon as they were aware of the fight they immediately broke it up and called police." Now the center is requesting Detroit Police provide additional patrols.

These moms say they just want to see something done so their kids can be safe.
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