Brawl closes Six Flags Magic Mountain

Posted Monday, May 23, 2005 1:09 AM | Contributed by Crashmando

Ten people were arrested -- many of them minors -- after two brawls broke out at Magic Mountain about 8 p.m. Saturday and the park closed early, according to a sheriff's official.

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Monday, May 23, 2005 6:51 AM
Wow, I never would believe a park would close because of a fight. I almost got into a fight at cp because a freind of mine who was a girl got thrown to the ground by some guy. I am interested to hear what caused his fight.
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Monday, May 23, 2005 7:19 AM
Someone probably "dissed" someone. I'm sure it was a good reason.
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Monday, May 23, 2005 9:49 AM
While not a frequent occurence, this is hardly an unusal incident there, i.e. not the first time that this has happened .
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Monday, May 23, 2005 10:25 AM
"Seven of the ten were minors..."

See, that's why some malls won't even admit them without an adult...

I doubt if that's the answer here. It's too broad and drastic a solution to a statistically limited problem. Higher season pass prices? Larger single-day discounts limited to groups as opposed to individuals? Both steps in the right direction.

-'Playa

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Monday, May 23, 2005 11:42 AM
that mall would annoy me
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Monday, May 23, 2005 2:01 PM
Man...it had been a while since something as big as this happened at the park.

I remember hearing about that TLC concert back in the 90's. Apparently they had to cancel it, and people got mad and started destroying the park...looting and stuff...lol

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Monday, May 23, 2005 2:01 PM

No weapons were used, and only minor injuries were reported.

Thank goodness SFMM has metal detectors, othewise I guarantee the outcome would have been alot worse.

*** This post was edited by jomo 5/23/2005 2:02:44 PM ***

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Monday, May 23, 2005 3:52 PM
I guess Mr. Six promotes subliminal messages of violence through his commercials.

DollywoodRideOp

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Monday, May 23, 2005 5:56 PM
I don't think metal detectors at parks really provide any added security. If a bad guy wants to do something bad he'll find a way to do it anyway.
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Monday, May 23, 2005 7:23 PM
True, but they're a great deterrent.
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Monday, May 23, 2005 8:10 PM
Could they charge minors more? Or maybe not offer season passes to those under 18 years old? I know this may be drastic, but if they want families to come to the park, then maybe something like this is what is needed.

They give senior citizens discounts and such, so I can only assume that age-based pricing is legal. Maybe this could be a solution...

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Monday, May 23, 2005 9:24 PM
Remember, families want to bring their minor children.
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Monday, May 23, 2005 9:34 PM
figures this would happen at a six flags park..........then again it could be a case of wrong park wrong time.....either way at least they were only hurt....but now what does sfmm do to save their rep. and what happens to the "brawlers"
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Monday, May 23, 2005 9:55 PM
kpjb's avatar I don't think metal detectors at parks really provide any added security. If a bad guy wants to do something bad he'll find a way to do it anyway.

He'll find a way to do it... with his fists. Not a knife, and not a gun.

There was a time at another park I'm familiar with that skirmishes tended to break out on certain days when certain areas and schools were scheduled to attend. Make it more expensive for teens, add metal detectors, and the incidents are virtually eliminated.

The ten people who come in for cheap to start a brawl aren't going to spend $300 to get in to a park just to start a fist fight and immediately get kicked out and have their mommy called. That money can be better spent on ginger ale and marshmallows for the next gang meeting.

*** This post was edited by kpjb 5/23/2005 9:57:27 PM ***

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Monday, May 23, 2005 10:26 PM
eightdotthree's avatar Which is the widely assumed reason that certain park does not offer season passes.

Michael Darling, do you really think these kids would'nt have tried to bring a weapon in to the park if the metal detectors were'nt there?

*** This post was edited by eightdotthree 5/23/2005 10:29:34 PM ***

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Monday, May 23, 2005 10:35 PM
the fite happened between some bloods and some crips... they saw eachother and started sum sh** and it went downhill from there...that's pretty much the story...im sure u kno wut bloods or crips are... and how do i kno this info?? damn there all my friends work @ magic mountain...so yea...
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Monday, May 23, 2005 10:50 PM
eightdotthree's avatar 818's finest indeed.
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Monday, May 23, 2005 11:30 PM
"Finest what?" is the question...
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Tuesday, May 24, 2005 12:18 AM
The park calendar shows the park was open from 10 to 10 that day, so closing the park only 2 hours early isn't too bad considering the reported situation. But even if the metal detectors don't add any extra security, other than preventing the usual weapons they are intended to detect, the presence of the LA County Sheriff right at the park entrance allows for even quicker police presence if needed.

But, just like the Castle Park fight incident that happened in February, one gang fight may serve as a warning that the gangs are active and looking for trouble, but it still doesn't set an immediate precident that the park has a problem with gang fights.

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