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Florida man pushes son down skate ramp

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WHDH) - Anger and outrage at a Florida father after push comes to shove at a skate park when a man pushed his own son down a skate board ramp, luckily he wasn't hurt.

State officials are now investigating that father and a video of the incident is creating an uproar online.

The video shot Friday night at a Florida skate park shows Marcus Crossland and his son at the top of the vertical ramp, the largest at the park, called the ‘Big Brown.’

After a few moments, Crossland appears to kick his young son down the ramp.
Martin Ramos has operated Kona Skate Park for 19 years.

"It is horrible, you see something like that and it takes your breath away. And 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 and obviously this is one of those situations a parent really took it too far,” Ramos said.

TJ Smith has been skating with his 6-year-old son Eli for about 3 months. He said the video was shocking.

“It kind of hits right here when you are a parent to see someone do that to a kid. There are a lot of parents who skate with their kids and that is not the norm at all,” Smith said.

Ramos said the young boy is around 6-years-old and goes by the nickname ‘Dino the Dinosaur’ at the park. He is a prodigy, an outstanding skateboarder.

Ramos says the boy and his father often skate together at the park and he has never seen any behavior like this in the past.

“He said he was just caught up in the moment, 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,” Ramos said.

This man's friend shot the video, but he ended up posting it because he said it was bad, and he didn't want the father to push his son so hard.

"I asked him why is he doing this, and then he said because he needs to learn. I was like pushing him down is not teaching him how to drop in. and then he said do you think you can raise him better than me, and I said yes,” Ryan Stephens said.

The Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating and Ramos, the owner of the skate park, has told the father not to come back to the park for a while.
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