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March 9, 2009

Arrests end Silver Spring concert

by Sophie Schwadron, Online Editor-in-Chief and Kiera Zitelman, Online Editor-in-Chief
Near the end of last Saturday night's concert in Downtown Silver Spring, 16 juveniles and adults were arrested for offenses including assault and disorderly conduct. The concert was sponsored by Mixed Unity, a new youth group involving many Blazers.
Downtown Silver Spring was the location of a fight on Saturday night at the end of the "Stop the Violence" concert. Molly Brune
Downtown Silver Spring was the location of a fight on Saturday night at the end of the "Stop the Violence" concert.

The group was formed after 14-year-old Blair freshman Tai Lam was shot and killed in November. The concert, entitled "Stop the Violence," was designed to remember Lam and promote non-violent behavior.

The concert began at 5 p.m. and was set to last until 9 p.m. Several thousand people were in attendance, according to the Washington Post.

Towards the end of the concert, a mosh pit led to fighting among a small number of concertgoers. On-duty police assigned to the area stepped in to stop the disturbance. When at least one of the offenders resisted arrest, an officer called for more assistance, according to the Montgomery County Police Department.

Order was restored after several supporting officers arrived on the scene, according to MCPD. No serious injuries or property damage was reported.

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  • haha on March 10, 2009 at 7:48 AM
    I pretty much knew something was going to happen because it was a stop the violence concert and obviously people cant leave it alone. They always have to mess things up because they cant respect anything. As soon as the first fight happened i left because i figured more would follow. its ridiculous how stupid people are and not even just kids but adults too, your age doesnt excuse your behaviors.
  • ironic on March 10, 2009 at 6:34 PM
    Ohhhh the IRONY
  • Mix Unity Member (View Email) on March 11, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    i dont know why the people who came to the stop the violence concert and started a fight!? this is not to everyone who came, its to the people who started the fight. If you wanted to start a fight, then GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.
    its just stupid to fight. Adults, teens, and KIDS were there. BUT of all places... you had to fight. THATS SO MEAN. Don't come to make violence, come to STOP the violence.
    • what?! on March 12, 2009 at 8:15 AM
      apparently Downtown Silver Spring is considered "Bloods" territory. Yep look it up it definitly is but what gives anyone the right to claim a public place? Especially people who promote violence. Now we could get into the whole gangs are bad thing but lets not. Lets just point out how stupid this whole thing was and the reason the fights broke out was because they felt as if their territory was being "misused". Tai isnt the only innocent child that has been murdered by idiots, many others have too and probably many more. Theirs nothing we can really do to completely stop the violence because face it, our world is about violence. Its sad and pathetic and wrong. But for all the groups like Mixed Unity who are out there trying to help and all of the people taking a stand, good for you. Your one step closer than the rest of the world.
  • asdf on March 11, 2009 at 6:55 PM
  • Grody on March 12, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    Of course, one has to wonder if the word "irony" has ever passed through the heads of the people who provoked these fights.
  • magnet student on March 12, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    I love this school.
  • appalled on March 12, 2009 at 7:09 PM
    People like this disgust me. I agree with haha, age is not an excuse for this behavior. There is no excuse.
  • Jon Cariba Phoenix on March 13, 2009 at 12:50 PM
    Pity this happened. But good thing that it's just a very small portion of people who would do something so ironically stupid as start a fight at an anti-violence concert. Just remember ~ This action should not be used to draw any wider conclusion about Silver Spring or teens in general. There's a tendency to generalize based on what's most memorable rather than what's actually common and real, and this type of behavior is an aberration, far from the norm in this area.
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