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NAACP hosts meeting in Tampa about 'wilding'

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Crowd gathered at Beulah Baptist Church to discuss the wilding incident Crowd gathered at Beulah Baptist Church to discuss the wilding incident
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will host an open forum this evening to discuss 'wilding' at the Florida State Fair. It's been two weeks since Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies kicked about 100 students out of the event and arrested 12 others.

'Wilding' is nothing new on the fair's Student Day, but this year deputies say it got more extreme. According to deputies, and cell phone video teens ran through the Midway, vandalized vendors, scared fair goers, and disrespected law enforcement.

Since Feb. 7, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee sent letters to several groups, including the NAACP, asking for help with the issue. Colonel Previtera says there have been meetings all weekend with the fair officials to consider changes so this will not happen again. Previtera wants to have a new plan to prevent 'wilding' by May.

The HCSO hosted a meeting at the Beulah Baptist Institutional Church Tuesday.

"To say that it was an extremely hazardous and dangerous situation for anybody on the grounds that night, would be an understatement," Hillsborough County Sheriff's Major Tom Feeney said.

Organizers with the NAACP say teenagers will speak at the meeting Thursday night. It's an open forum at Ambassadors of Christ Inc. Temple of Prayer at 704 E. Humphrey St. in Tampa.
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