(CNN) – Parents in Ohio are charged after renting a party bus for their son’s 14th birthday and taking 60 unmasked children in it, Ohio police said.
On Saturday, Mount Healthy police discovered an unmarked bus dropping 60 children at the Hilltop Shopping Center, about 11 miles north of Cincinnati. The children who exited the vehicle did not wear masks or remain physically detached, and several fights broke out after the children exited the bus, police said in a statement.
The parents were charged with “contributing to a child’s rebellion / delinquency”.
Police said police officers were called to the scene to end the fighting and one of the minors who tried to beat an officer was arrested.
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Police officers told the bus driver to let the children on board, but the driver fled the scene, leaving the officers with a crowd of about 60 children in a “very excited state,” police said.
The police then had to work for the next hour to end the fighting and keep the children physically at bay, ordering them to contact their parents to pick them up, the police statement said.
Police said the parents hired the bus from downtown Cincinnati to drop the kids off at Hilltop Plaza without the owners’ permission.
“Parents, it is your responsibility to deal with your children,” police said in a statement. “The Mount Healthy Police will not tolerate gross violations of the law, especially when such actions endanger our community, our agents and public health. Hilltop Plaza is not a public property and should not be used without the permission of the owners.
Mount Healthy has a curfew that prohibits children under 14 from being in a public place between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and people under 18 years old from being in a public place between noon and 6 a.m. am on the weekend.
Police said none of the children were from Mount Healthy.