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Mother says police need to put an end to Kissimmee fight club

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Eyewitness News has obtained video of what a parent described as a fight club made up of Osceola County students.

That fight was posted on the Facebook page of a student at New Beginnings Education Center.

Parents said students from several schools participate.

The fights are reportedly happening on a bike trail that runs just off Dyer Boulevard, north of Columbia Avenue in Kissimmee.

In one cellphone video posted on Facebook shows two young boys trade jabs. Then they tackle each other.

In another video a brutal fight between two other boys spills into the street, where several children are nearly hit by a car.

"I cried when I saw that fight," said the mother of one student.

The woman said her son was pressured to take part in a fight club made up of students from Kissimmee Middle School, New Beginnings Education Center and Osceola High School.

The woman said the fights are a part of weekly, preplanned boxing matches that she worries will turn into something else.

"Right now kids are carrying guns. So it could escalate to being a shootout," said the woman.

She said she took those concerns to Kissimmee police and the school district. She said she got nowhere. So Channel 9's Nancy Alvarez took the video to police.

"I would've hoped instead of recording the video, they would've called us," said Lt. James Napier of the Kissimmee Police Department.

Napier said two bike patrol officers are usually assigned to the area where the fights took place, but they're often redirected to other calls.

"I would like to be there every day, but we have a large city, we have to prioritize our crime," said Napier.

The woman that spoke with Alvarez said she believes that stopping the fights should be a top priority.

"I feel very unsafe for my child," she said.

A representative for the school district said because the fights took place off school property the district has no jurisdiction.

Police said the investigation is ongoing, and some students seen fighting in the video could face charges, including battery