A group of Louisville spring breakers from schools including Male, Ballard, Trinity, St. Xavier are shown out of control in Panama City, Florida.
Jason Robards of Atlanta shot the video. Robards was on vacation with his family when he claims the young crowd, with no parents in sight was allowed by hotel security to get drunk, high and dangerous. He says it's lucky no one was seriously hurt.
Robards and his family were staying at the Panama City Holiday Inn during spring break last week when they began hearing loud crashes at 3 a.m.
"That night was definitely frightening for the wife and kids," said Robards.
From his balcony, Robards saw a crowd of teens quickly getting out of control.
"A couple of chairs came flying over balconies and shattered at the ground below," Robards said. "That's when I went and got my video camera knowing that it wasn't going to go well."
Robards says hotel security had been turning a blind eye to drunk and stumbling teens and even some kids smoking pot. That's why it was not shocking to him to see the teens in near riot mode.
"The kids just started screaming, U-S-A 5-0-2 and I suspect 5-0-2 is the area code up there," he said.
Robards remembered his wife was shaking as some of the teen boys crowded in the pool below them started tackling a guard and shoving one into the pool.
"It was a very scary environment to be in," he told us.
Robards knew how bad it could get. That's because he was in Panama City last year when police say 17-year-old Notre Dame football recruit Matt James got drunk and belligerent before falling to his death from his balcony at The Days Inn. This time, Robards feared for the guards.
"The security guards are severely outnumbered, they are in an environment that is not safe for them," he said of the crowd to guard ratio.
Luckily, it ended with no one getting hurt, but Robards doesn't understand why it ever got so out of hand.
"To say OK it's free reign, put it in my face and walk around my hotel with beer and be drunk and urinate in the elevator," Robards said, "There's got to be some limits."
We are told many parents paid security deposits for their kids and left them at the hotel alone. Some local parents say the video is embarrassing and they are surprised it got so out of hand. Our calls to hotel management were not returned.
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