Well, on the surface this seems to squeeze comfortably into the baggy definition of “flash mob” people were
hysterical about tossing around last summer. Let's put the facts surrounding this police report from Strongsville Patch through the checklist for your standard factory-issue flash mob. Large amount of teens? Yup. Social media element? Oh yeah. Kids from Cleveland involved? Yes, sir.
Oh mother, we might really have an honest to God flash mob on our hands . . .
Lots of public damage? Well, not really. Massive amount of injuries? Um, nope. Terrified suburbanites? Yes! Definitely . . . at least . . . the ones reading Patch at home . . .
The situation took place on April 27, according to the report.
A passerby broke up a fight on Forestwood Drive April 27 and told police at least 80 kids were there to either participate or watch.
A report said there were teens from Cleveland and Lakewood at the park because news of the pending brawl was tweeted and posted on Facebook.
According to police, the fight was between only two kids.
The mother of one of the apparent participants also called police that afternoon after her 15-year-old son came home with injuries to his face and wouldn't say what had happened.
As it turns out, the crowd was just there for a fight, which is pretty natural human behavior, 'ask us. If you said UPS guy was going to toe-to-toe with the meter reader in the parking lot right now, we'd be there, so you can't fault a bunch of kids for coming ringside for a fight. But still, the unease about organized teens is the dark cloud hanging over this account. School yard brawling has been puffed up into some kind of signpost of societal collapse.
And now, an actual flash mob: