BOSTON (CBS) — About 1,000 teens were at Carson Beach in South Boston Monday evening for what authorities are calling a gang fight.

State police report that at 5:30 p.m. they were called to the beach for about 300 to 400 teens fighting. When they arrived they say there were approximately 1,000 people between 14 and 19 years old, and they were from rival gangs.

WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod reports.

State police called for help from Boston police, Transit police, and UMass police. The crowd was dispersed and trooped made sure the teens went to the train station and left without anymore fighting.

Authorities say this was the third day in a row that troopers were called to the beach, and they say this was the largest gathering of teens in two decades.

Although in a news release state police said only one person was arrested for disorderly conduct, they told WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod a “handful of people” were arrested.

Comments (52)
  1. Elkhorn says:

    Black, white, or other? Maybe those dreaded British hooligans.

    1. Rich Carney says:

      Whats wrong with detaining all and not releasing until parnets came and got them at the very least………another apathic police response

  2. Jeffrey J Howland says:

    oh those pesky teens…..

  3. Lee Fickenworth says:

    Wow, and I thought Lawrence was bad.

  4. Becky says:

    It’s so sad to me that there is so many teens that feel the only way to settle an issue is to fight…

    1. D Caf says:

      Even more pathetic is that there probably isn’t even a real “issue” to settle. Just some low self esteem ignoramus’ who feel “disrespected” by something as innocuous as a yawn in their direction.

  5. Greg says:

    Re the input “oh those pesky teens”
    Wasn’t his hood being torn up
    Couldn’t of been his family and friends slipping to new lows.
    Shouldn’t open his flippin mouth with such uncaring comments

  6. Stephen Gitmo says:

    OMG !!! Where they all Obama supporters, anti-war activists, or simply creeps at Carson Beach?

  7. greg c. says:

    As long as they leave the knife’s and gun’s at home I would say maybe these kid are starting too use their brain’s not that I condone 1000’s kid fight on Carson beach on a holiday like today but kid’s will kid’s.

  8. Sylvia says:

    Deport them to Cape Cod. House them at the Kennedy Compound.

    1. Cynic says:

      No, they should send them all to your place of residence.

  9. Sarah Nelson says:

    Lovely way to honor troops that die for your freedom. These kids need a major reality check.

    1. Jim says:

      They don’t need a reality check. They need a draft notice. A couple years of military service would straighten them out.

  10. Big bob says:

    They want to fight send them over to afganastan

  11. fenway says:

    Speaking of reality Sylvia,the Kennedy compound.maybe u have issues

  12. Ron Burgandy says:

    Sounds like a scene from Anchormen.
    Or maybe a flash mob. Pre-requisite: You have to be a loser!

    You stay classy Carson beach-goers

    1. Jack O'Hanlon says:

      One way for the parents to stay classy is to know these fun facts about your teen: 1. Where are you going? (Get proof) 2. With who are you going? (get proof) 3. What are you going to do when you get where you are going? (Get proof). What time are you planning to be home? (Then tell them when they are going to be home.) Add this – “Here’s what’s going to happen to you if you lie and don’t follow what we just discussed.” (Fill in the blanks.)

      And, if you pay for the kid’s cell phone, get a tracker app for your cell phone and you can see where the kid is all the time.

  13. emom says:

    stupid kids,,,, all to be the best at what ever they think they are the best……. OH and the parents might not be such winners either….

  14. Standup says:

    okay the kids maybe stupid don’t any of you put their parents into this situation; that’s just stupid for someone to say

    1. Jim says:

      Don’t blame the parents?? Who should be blamed? Don’t you know that a child is a reflection of the parents? Ever heard of “a chip off the old block”?

      1. Spanked says:

        Ever heard of a law that states if you spank your child and you go to jail?

    2. dismayed says:

      I think it’s stupid that you think it’s stupid to blame parents.

      1. Willow says:

        Spanked, there are many ways to discipline a child without beating them up. I was spanked as a child and you know what, I respect others and grew up with manners and a sense of responsibility. I’m still here, so I guess that spanking didn’t kill me. Government should have left parenting to the parents. I don’t believe in beating a child, but a slap on the butt is more of an insult then injury. Have you noticed what kind of society all this lack of discipline has produced? Gang fights at the beach, that’s what.

    3. Jack O'Hanlon says:

      Right – parents are not responsible for their minor kids. That’s quite the moronic comment. Sit down, Standup.

  15. Tracey F says:

    I just think it’s awful that innocent families cannot enjoy a day a the beach!
    Something serious needs to be done to protect our neighborhood and our children!

  16. Gisellex3 says:

    I’m part of the youth & this is pretty pointless, you older people don’t understand half the things teens have to deal with. You guys always say ” yea I was your age once” well ok but your not part of the youth in 2011. I can say we are pretty wild I have lost to many friends due to gangs. Youth now a days are worried about fitting in so you break up a fight , your a loser. Fighting isn’t right I’ll say that I have stopes fights myself & have been in a couple. I was taught not to fight unless someone puts their hands on me. Some teens don’t have that mentality or are even that mature to stop themselves from doing wrong. I’m an 8th grader entering
    high school next year . Some of these teens live with single mother/fathers. You cant blame the partents & kids are not a reflection of their partents because I am sure not .
    This talk about sending them to fight for our country why is it that everyone thinks us “hood
    kids” needs to be sent over there & that we need a reality check well to me this is reality. All of you probably are rich or have a better lifestyle then us “hood kids”

    Call me stupid? Well then sir give me a better education, more programs & support maybe this wouldn’t be happening .

    Say what you must this my point of view. Nobody will change we’re I stand

    1. l.giangregorio says:

      try growing up and being an american instead of a hood

    2. Cinque says:

      More programs, better education and more support? You get more than anyone else ever got We’re talking about a thousand kids taking the train to the beach to either watch a fight or participate in one and on Memorial Day no less. Of course kids from all years have done stupid things but whether it was today or 40 years ago, looking for a fight is moronic and from what I hear, most of the fights were between girls! As far as “older people don’t understand what teens have to deal with”, what do you think we had to deal with yoyo?

    3. Willow says:

      Gisellex3, I was about to commend your comment until I got to your sentence with the words, “give me.” That’s the biggest problem among not only teens today, but adults too. The entitlement that some Americans think they should have. No get’s anything for nothing in this world. You need to stand up and take control of your own life and get out of it what you put in. You sound like a very intelligent, and wise beyond your years young person. Please work hard to change your life and become the person I know you can be. Don’t wait for anyone to help or push you because that may not happen. There is also much pride in a accomplishment well done, and that you did on your own. Good luck to you.

    4. tsal says:

      Gisellex3 – I am proud of what you said. I don’t know what you meant by not being a reflection of your parents but I sure hope they are proud. I don’t mind the term “get me” if you have in fact taken advantage of what is offered to you. I am very aware that some inner city schools do not offer what is offered in the surrounding suburbs.

      You are far from stupid and anyone who calls you that has a serious problem and should be ignored. You hold onto your point of view. I agree completely that placing people in the service is no solution at all. Blaming parents is also not the solution. One word of advice if you do not mind would be not to label “rich” any more than you want them to label you. I hope that you meet with success.

  17. D Caf says:

    This is not kids being kids, lady. This is thugs being thugs!

  18. D Caf says:


    You already have more publicly funded “everything” available to you than probably every poster on this page had at your age! Throwing more money at the problem doesn’t fix anything esp when people don’t avail themselves of the opportunities and programs already provided. Look at you, with your hand out saying gimmee more when you’re more than likely not utilizing what you already have!

  19. Tracy says:

    It IS the parents. If my child thinks it’s ok to be in a gang / or even hang around one, that’s MY fault. If my child thinks it’s ok to disrupt people at the beach, families, children….then that’s MY fault. Where are the damn parents????

  20. Willow says:

    I think it does indeed begin with parents. Unfortunately, many people who have children don’t know how to be good parents today. We educate our young people to become prosperous members of the work force, but neglect to educate them in the most complex job they will ever have…parenting. I think lack of good parenting has much to do with the lack of respect for rules, people, and accountability in today’s society. So, in a sense, it does trickle down to parenting. Good parenting that is.

  21. HC says:

    I say let them beat each other senseless.. hell, they can kill each other off for all I care.. just the innocents alone… once they off each other, to me, that’s population control.. one less mouth to feed off our tax money.. good riddance

  22. Steph S. says:

    i live directly across the street from carson beach and was wondering what was going on as i came home from my enjoyable weekend. so what these kids were fighting…. i’m glad that they weren’t shooting or stabbing each other. people need to understand that you cannot always blame their parents. you don’t know what goes on in their homes, you don’t even know if all 1000 or so kids have a functioning home to go to. they were the ages between 14-19, they are completely capable of understanding right from wrong. i do not believe that detaining all of them until a parent or guardian was able to pick them up would serve as future deterrance. kids get suspended from school from fighting but that doesn’t stop them. people fight. let’s just be glad this was not a giant teen massacre

  23. tsal says:

    I don’t agree that it’s the parents – or entirely the parents. These kids were old enough to know right from wrong. Steph S is correct. I came from a two parent household in an upscale community with a mom home and a dad who worked hard but was always there is I did something that needed correcting. As a teen I pushed the limits. It’s natural for kids to establish their own independence. If I’d gotten in trouble, I’d love to hear where someone said my parents did something wrong. I would have been the one who had done something wrong – PERIOD

  24. ericB says:

    Kids fight, its the city. I would stake my life the most of the people on here making these comments neither grew up in the city, or served their country. !e glad that no one got hurt badly abd move on. Shipping kids offf to the military is the last thing that should be done and it shows what a double standard this country is run by..-t is wrong to punch another kid, so will we give you a gun and teach you to kill people instead…. Smarten up people, we are teaching violence as a conflict resolution every day, these kids have spent 75 percent of their lives in a country that is at war, and kills anyone that doesn’t submit to our will. It is a moracle no one was seriously injured in this incident, and I commend the police for not going to far, which they very easily could have done.

  25. REALIST says:

    Lets stop catering to the black gimmee comments. The comments that they are owed something. We have raised a group that has a life is built on entitlements. Throwing money and programs at a problem like this dont work. People need to suffer and grow from the adversity they face. I am sooooo tired of black entiltlement in this country it is absolutely sickening!!!

    1. tsal says:

      you have got to be kidding – “black gimmee comments” You really need to change your name as you are about as far removed from reality as I can imagine. How about the wealth in this country who has received a 94.1% increase in income since 2001 and still wants tax cuts. How much “gimme” is that????

      1. Calder14 says:

        ..and your “spread the wealth” garbage (which is totally irrelevant to this story) isn’t “gimmie”?

      2. tsal says:

        Since so many seemed to focus on one very small part of what Gisellex said instead of the overall well made point, “gimme” does have to do with this topic. My point is gimme comes from every group of people and is not limited to those that were participating in this gang fight. I get a bit sick of hearing it’s only the poor who want everything.

  26. keith myath says:

    well at least there outside getting some sunshine and exercise instead of indoors glued to the next latest craze video game.

    1. slar001 says:

      Unfortunately, if you grew up around here in the 70’s, something like this was a common site. I can remember someone running through the streets screaming fight, everybody picking up something and then trying to get to the site as fast as possible. I’m glad those days are over. My daughters have no idea that stuff like this was once part of daily life in the Boston area, thank god. I also remember only being able to walk to certain parts of the city before you were in danger and on someone elses turf. I was surprised to see this happening in this day and age. People complain about video games being violent and taking kids away from the ball fields. However, I think that the video game age brought about laziness and obesity and when your fat and lazy, you don’t even have the ambition to fight, maybe that’s a good thing after all?

  27. emom says:

    Parents are a huge influence with any child… Sure kids will waver from what they are taught.. RESPECT is earned , However there are as many parents that truly do not Know what their children are doing. They are hardly their because they are wrapped up into their daily happenings, Took a much different approach in disciplining the kids, or merely just did not care on how or what they learned.. However it is all kinds of parents ,,, rich ones, poor ones, selfish ones, all kinds of parents can be part of the problem.. I am grateful I grew up with both parents, My dad worked and mom was home. Mom was the disciplinary parent. Mom believed in dealing out the punishment right away.. No need to wait till dad got home… Sure I may have done some things that I should not have. However paid the price … YEAH I GOT CAUGHT. But I never was in any gang, or for that matter had the need to be part of a fight of any kind… Rather walked away.. That is what most should do ,,, walk away , do not get involved. What good does is do. To many times it has gotten way out of control.
    Don’t give me its so much different growing up in 2011 , that there is reason to fight, that kids will be kids, HONESTLY, only the youth would say those statements.. I grew up during war , gee and 1/3 here if not more grew up during previous wars, WW2, Korea, Vietnam. And desert storm. I grew up during Vietnam, and was an adult during desert storm and all other wars after Vietnam. Have had many family and friends in all wars since WW2, including the current war.
    However, I also knew many that enlisted to avoid jail, prison, and a life of crime. All came back a much better person with total respect had families and had no problems. But I also knew a lot more families that where the total opposite, RICH, entitled, believing the world owed them EVERYTHING and worst their kids ran around caused strife and ended up in jail. But not all rich families are like this, as not all poor families are like this. it’s a huge mix of all kinds of backgrounds, money or not, 2 parents or 1 , foster parents or grandparents, I have known many in these groups. I grew up not poor but certainly in no way rich. We had a house and only my dad worked, we took vacations every year But we did not have the money as some rich ones did…YES KIDS KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG,,,, ahhh but do half of them even exercise the knowledge of RIGHT FROM WRONG, NO…. so many will say so what what’s the harm,, who’s it hurting, mind your own business, yeah I have heard a lot of the excuses today’s youth says. Have to wonder why they have this mentality.. When will kids start to realize this kind of fighting does not solve much. It only causes more problems for them … some will walk away, never to get involved again. Some will fight again , and will end up in trouble worse than before,, just wait we see it all the time, and some still will be torn with the RIGHT AND WRONG ISSUES. But in the end a parents influence is what guides our youth in a much better direction for their future, As a parent If I do not install good in my child I would feel I failed, Doing my best is all I can do. But many of these kids parents will be asking the same question ,,,,, WHERE DID I GO WRONG, WHAT DID I DO WRONG, and it does not matter if there is 1 or 2 parents richer or poorer, does not matter. Parents influenced these kids in some way or not.

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