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Violence at state fair may have been coordinated in advance

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On Friday, nearly 100 teens were ejected from the midway at the fair after numerous fights broke out. On Friday, nearly 100 teens were ejected from the midway at the fair after numerous fights broke out.

The head of the NAACP in Hillsborough County says it's possible that violence at the Florida State Fair was coordinated in advance through social media.

Dr. Carolyn Hepburn Collins is the head of the Hillsborough County NAACP. She says violence at the fair has been going on for some time and should have been addressed before now.

On Friday, nearly 100 teens were ejected from the midway at the fair after numerous fights broke out.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says they brought in extra deputies, but even their deputies came under attack as they tried to make arrests.

Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee sent a letter to the NAACP and other community groups asking for input on ways to end the violence.

"I thought the letter was in time, but late. In time for this incident, but if this has been going on since the 1990's, it's late. It should have been addressed some time ago," said Dr. Collins.

Dr. Collins says it appears the incident Friday night was set up in advance.

"Some concern was, how these kids organized this and how they all knew what to do or where to be and at what time and it's not just a matter of word of mouth and calling on the cell phone, social media is creating this," said Dr. Collins.

State Fair officials announced changes on Tuesday to deal with the issues.

Effectively immediately, anyone entering the fair after 7:00 p.m. With a student ticket must be with an adult age 18 or older.

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