NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The first hours of spring break started out violently at a Nacogdoches apartment complex.
A 15-year-old boy is believed to have been stabbed during a large fight at Eastwood Terrace on E.J. Campbell Boulevard. Police say the teen is in serious condition but is expected to survive.
Nacogdoches police officers are accustomed to breaking up such disturbances during spring break.
On Monday, Eastwood Terrace Apartment Complex residents started venturing out of their government subsidized apartments around noon. The talk on the street by all ages was the fight the night before involving a crowd of about 50 to 70.
"People that don't even live around here that be starting the fight," said Vivian Wade, an Eastwood Terrace resident. That's what I heard about last night, saying these people don't even stay out here."
Children talked of seeing a gun and finding a knife.
"Somebody found it out there on the ground," one child said.
Children and adults said they heard Tasers before police arrived. Police couldn't verify the street talk, and continued their investigation which began on this playground where youngsters hung out Monday.
Witnesses said young adults and teens had been arguing there all day Sunday. Around 6:30 that evening, police were called to a large fight when a 15-year-old with stab wounds walked up to the officer for help.
"I don't feel like they should be cutting on kids," Nicole Soto said. That's not right."
A police spokesman said such large fights are common during spring break. Charles Curl, who grew up in Eastwood, said he agrees.
"The only thing they do is run around and gang up with each other," Charles Curl said. "And they have nothing to do."
Charles Curl and his wife Vanessa said they attempt to keep children occupied with at least a good meal. The Davis Memorial Ministry delivers meals to the children Monday through Friday, the entire year.
"We do the best we can, and my heart just goes out to those that have to be around it or affiliated with it," Vanessa Curl said.
The environment can make growing up tough. It was one reason why a 4-year-old girl caught playing with a pretend knife had the toy snatched away by her grandmother.
"I don't approve of it," Wade said. "I don't approve of my kids playing with no kind of weapons."
Police said Monday there was no suspect by name. Detectives are actively working the case.