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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Community leaders united at the Regal River City Marketplace Stadium 14 on Friday morning to address a 600-person strong brawl Christmas Day that took place outside the theater.

Residents, young people, religious leaders, educators, organizational leaders and elected officials joined forces to address the Christmas Day "melee" at the Regal River City Marketplace Stadium 14, which was rushed by a group of juveniles and young adults allegedly trying to force their way into a movie. The group quickly moved outside, and grew in size to a massive 600.

Five people were arrested and several hundred young people were involved.

Community advocate Commissioner Cheryl A. Williams said in a press release, "what was reported to have occurred at Hollywood Theaters is not representative of our young people, our culture, nor our community."

The group developed a plan of action that includes a website, high school listening tours, parental engagement and more. The grassroots initiative is being called, "Say No to Disrespect."

More: Complete coverage of the Christmas Day theater brawl

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