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Water Park Brawl Allegedly Sparked by Racial Slurs

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Wave Country water park near Nashville, Tennessee, was the scene of a brawl between two families, involving as many as 40 people. (Petrina Calabalic/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Friday, 13 July 2018 06:32 PM

A Nashville, Tennessee-area water park was the scene of a brawl between two families over the weekend, involving an estimated 40 people. It was sparked over alleged racial slurs, WZTV, local Fox 17 reported.

“They tried to gang me so I just started trying to defend myself,” Tyrone Holt said. “Next thing I knew, I was on the ground, kicked and punched.”

It resulted in fractures to one of Holt’s hands and an eye socket, and he’s scheduled for surgery Monday afternoon.

Police have yet to press any charges in the matter, which is upsetting to Holt.

“I wasn’t scared. I was just in pain. I wanted the police to press charges, but for some reason they didn’t,” Holt told the station.

Police told WZTV that they haven’t charged anyone because so far it’s been a situation of ”they said, they said,” and they’re unable to iron out who precipitated the free-for-all.

The other family insists that they’re the ones who were racially insulted.

“They had their kids throwing stuff at us calling us white trash this and that and all kind of craziness,” Jonathan Sellers said.

Each family can agree one one thing, however. They both say it began when a white family member bumped into three black girls’ floats. But what transpired after that is a mystery to police. The girls claim that he then shouted racial slurs at them, which they reported to their parents.

The Holts then approached the Sellers. 

“With us approaching them, that’s when all the aggression from them started and that’s when we were called the N-word,” Amanda Holt said.

“As soon as I got over there, I said 'what happened? What happened? Then I see fists start flying,” Sellars said.

Although the two families disagree as to who started the brawl, they both believe Wave Country water park had inadequate security on the premises. The park released a statement on the incident.

“We are very concerned about the incident that took place at Wave Country on Saturday,” the statement said. “The safety and well-being of our customers is our highest priority. While an internal investigation is underway, we will continue to provide access and recreational opportunities to everyone in Davidson County.”

Both families said they intend to file charges against the park

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A brawl broke out in a Tennessee water park between two families over the weekend, involving an estimated 40 people. It was sparked over alleged racial slurs, with both families pointing the finger at each other.
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