Fights at San Francisco's Stonestown mall draw attention
SAN FRANCISCO - A San Francisco city supervisor said officials are aware of recent "altercations" among minors at the Stonestown Mall and will increase security.
District 7 Supervisor Myrna Melgar acknowledged on Twitter Sunday that there have been fights that overwhelmed Stonestown's private security and the San Francisco Police Department. She said these brawls have been posted online.
The mall is increasing security and there will be more police patrols starting Monday, Melgar said.
Melgar asked parents to "be aware" of their children's behavior.
On Monday San Francisco Police Department said between March 15 and 17, there were three incidents where groups of juveniles entered the shopping the center and assaulted each other. They said on Friday several juveniles were pepper sprayed by other juveniles. When officers responded, the juveniles dispersed. At least one juvenile was injured, police said. Their injuries were non-life threatening. SFPD said no arrests have been made and that these incidents are under investigation.
In addition, SFPD said they are working with the shopping center to assess its security. They are also increasing their patrols in and around the shopping center.
Melgar noted the incidents have been happening typically during afterschool hours, especially Wednesday, the day that schools end early.
"We must support the kids- and keep them safe along with everyone else," said Melgar.
Prop G passed by residents has made resources for "healthy safe afterschool activities and supports" available, Melgar said.
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"Monitor your kid's social media and follow what they are doing. There is no substitute for [parenting]," Melgar tweeted.
KTVU's James Torrez contributed to this story.