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Viral video appears to show Florida father kicking son off ramp at skate park

The video was shot at Kona Skate Park in Jacksonville.
By Evan Bleier   |   April 28, 2014 at 10:50 AM   |   Comments

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 28 (UPI) -- A video shot at a Florida skate park that appears to show a father kicking his son off of a large ramp has prompted a Department of Children and Families investigation.

The video, which was uploaded to Instagram by user lilbubs, shows Marcus Crossland appearing to kick his 6-year-old son down a ramp at Kona Skate Park in the Arlington neighborhood of Jacksonville, Fla.

The video quickly made the rounds on social media and now the DCF is getting involved.

"We do not consider this to be appropriate behavior," said DCF spokesperson John Harrell.

Crossland and his son, who is known as a skateboarding “prodigy,” are a fixture at Kona.

"Unfortunately parents get so enthusiastic about their kids and their abilities in skateboarding, or baseball, or football or whatever and sometimes they take it a little too far," the park’s operator, Martin Ramos, told First Coast News.

"He [Crossland] said he was just caught up in the moment," Ramos said. "He seemed very remorseful. He certainly understands the gravity of the situation and it seems like he is going to be answering to this thing for quite some time to come.”

Crossland has been asked not to come back to Kona.

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