THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- Since the beginning of April, Thomasville police have received reports of four fights at city parks.
The biggest fight involving teens and young adults happened at Doak Park. Fifteen young adults and six juveniles were charged.
"We can't arrest our way out of it," says Thomasville Police Chief Jeff Insley. "We have to hold folks accountable for their actions. But we also know there are other issues at play here."
According to Thomasville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, school resource officers are hoping to prevent the next fight by building better relationships with students.
"They are talking to them, keeping their eyes and ears open to incidents that could be occurring. They know the students; it’s easy to have those discussions.”
Plus community and faith leaders are meeting with teens and parents, encouraging families to create stronger bonds.