200-Teen Brawl Shuts Down Louisiana Mall

Social media 'meet and greet' becomes meet and beat
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2013 12:03 AM CST
200-Teen Brawl Shuts Down Louisiana Mall
Police outside the Mall of Louisiana.   (cboro564)

(Newser) – A battle royale in Baton Rouge caused a stampede and forced the Mall of Louisiana to close early on Saturday night. Police say up to 200 teens who showed up for a "meet and greet" organized via Instagram instead ended up brawling in the food court and outside the mall, the Advocate reports. Deputies and mall security officers managed to corral the teens until their parents arrived to pick them up. No injuries were reported, but police plan to charge the instigators. “This is about the craziest thing I ever seen,” says a witness. (Read more flash mob stories.)

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