Winston-Salem businesses react to large fight downtown involving teenagers

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Downtown Winston-Salem business owners and employees said they were not surprised by the fight Friday night downtown involving nearly 300 teenagers.

Jayne Johnston, owner of Washing Perk & Provisions Co., said police handled the situation well, but there should be discussion amongst business owners and police about what they can do be prepared and protect their customers.

Casey Hogge with Downtown Brody's said this is not the first time and police should have been more prepared for such a crowd the last day of school.

"Normally kids would go to the mall and now they have restrictions in the mall like you have to be with a parent or buy something," Hogge said. "They can't do that so now they come downtown where there's no restrictions."

Mayor Allen Joines said he plans to schedule a meeting with the City Manager and Police Chief about the situation downtown and at Winston Square Park.

Joines also said that teen events for the summer begin in another two weeks.


  • Bill W

    I lived in Winston back in 2005 and this was going on then. I don’t see how the police department was not prepared. They had to know it was coming, everyone else in the downtown area did.

    • Thomas Noell

      As a former Winston Salem resident, and city employee, I think the police department IS prepared, but NOT WILLING to do anything about this recurring problem for very obvious reasons.

  • Sarah M.

    No wonder people are afraid to go downtown after dark. Bunch of hoodlums acting stupid! What a waste of resources!

      • Ty Raid @WM2793

        I think its time for businesses to start posting we have the right to refuse signs and arm themselves

    • Fisher

      U R Absolutely right…that’s what should have been done, but, oh no, parents or the public would think that’s ”TOO INHUMANE”..bring back the ”Good ‘Ol” days..

  • Jessica Matt Poff

    So they are going to now have “teen events” scheduled. After this last episode they need to just cancel it out because if it draws this type of crowd they don’t need to keep condoning it by having more events that leads to more trouble. If majority can not go out in a large crowd of people without causing fights/disturbances then they should not be there. Since the City Manager can not control who will be there then don’t have these events. Simple as that. I know it is not fair to punish everyone but at the same time it is not fair to the businesses or the police who have to babysit these teens.

    • Fisher

      First, let me say, ”Why do most TV reporters have to use their ”HANDS” WAVING ETC. WHEN THEY TALK ?? Stupid..
      not very Professional..The National TV reporters do not…Now, about the 300 Teenagers…what do you expect..look at the color….that’s why the police won’t do anything…Afraid of the Establishment…

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