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Police: Parents should monitor social media

A fight between teenagers halted game six of Hoopsfest at the Coast Coliseum. (Photo source: WLOX) A fight between teenagers halted game six of Hoopsfest at the Coast Coliseum. (Photo source: WLOX)
There were plenty of police on the scene because of a tip on social media about another matter. (Photo source: WLOX) There were plenty of police on the scene because of a tip on social media about another matter. (Photo source: WLOX)
Biloxi Schools Superintendent Arthur McMillan said the event was something that he never wants to see from his students. (Photo source: WLOX) Biloxi Schools Superintendent Arthur McMillan said the event was something that he never wants to see from his students. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Investigations continue into the fight that broke out at a high school basketball tournament in Biloxi. The fight reportedly involved three teenage girls and a teenage boy. There were plenty of police on the scene because of a tip on social media about another matter.

"It's certainly a little frustrating at times, but we can't ignore something we have to deal with," said Biloxi Police Chief John Miller.

According to Chief Miller, he never takes threats lightly. When members of his intel team spotted a threat of gang-related violence on social media platforms, they jumped into action.

"Community-led policing is kind of the new wave in policing," said Miller.

He and his force rely on the public now more than ever, especially through social media sites like Facebook. This time, the gang threat didn't play out, but something else did. A fight between teenagers halted game six of Hoopsfest at the Coast Coliseum.

Police say there is only so much monitoring they can do on social sites, and parents need to stay in the loop when it comes to their childrens' online activities.

"Parents need to be vigilant. They need to be determinant and see where their kids are going on social media, you know, what social media sites their signed up with," said Miller.

Biloxi Schools Superintendent Arthur McMillan said the event was something that he never wants to see from his students.

"If it's one of our students, it doesn't matter if you're at a home event, or an away event, if it's one of our activities, they're going to be disciplined when it comes back to the school," said McMillan.

He and his staff also keep a close watch on Facebook and other sites. It's something that McMillan said parents can do just as well.

"They've got the capability of having everything run through their own phone, if their child gets a message or sends a message. And that's a good way to make sure their child stays safe," said McMillan.

Apps like Net Nanny, and MamaBear allow parents to monitor their kids' activity on social sites. The teens involved in the fight were arrested, charged with disturbing the peace, and handed over to their parents.

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