Grade school kids confused for gang members at Elitch
Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2002 8:12 AM | Contributed by GregLeg
Two children, ages 5 and 9, were told to turn their St. Louis Rams jerseys inside out this week at Six Flags Elitch Gardens. The park said that the number 13 represented gang activity and disrupted the family atmosphere of the park.
Torry Holt is A-OK in my book for the simple fact that he shredded the 'Noles defense in one of those classic ACC defeats....(before last year when the hated in-state rivals just went plain belly-up)...
My problem with the parks in this case, and in the case of the CP cross-dresser....is, as Playa noted: "Guests who disagree with the new policies will be promptly "taken care of" after they enter the park and pay their admission. "
As a resident of an inner city neighborhood I have grown up around drug dealers and gang members all my life. Just because you see people wearing or sporting the same color or type of clothing doesn't mean they are gang members. My friends and I always dress in the same color everywhere we go because we choose to, not because we are affiliated with any type of gang. The "13" gang in L.A. is mostly a local gang that is not nearly as big as some gangs are but a park in DENVER is worried about gang activity. Denver would be the last place I could think of with gang activity.
In New Orleans we have a gang called 3nG. Should everyone stop wearing Iverson jerseys?
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*** This post was edited by Crazydave87 on 8/14/2002. ***
I think that if a park wants to cut back on gang activity in their parks, they should contract a real police station in the park. Let the professionals decide who is and who is not in a gang and act accordingly. Last time I checked, being in a gang was not illegal. Committing, helping to commit or being involved in crimes is illegal and that is what needs to be cracked down on.
Incidentalist-You prove a very good point, but what park wants to even take the risk of gang activity in the park. They don't want a fight, or someone even getting killed. Yes, they have metal detectors, and sneaking a weapon through would be hard, but it could be done. And I have seen several police patrol the park. So yeah, they should have made the call, but you guys need to realize this is ONE emlpoyee, not the park. It is not SFEG, it is this ONE employee that took a procedure too far. And this is not the only park this has happened at, it just got reported to the news this time. Stuff like this happens every week at your "perfect parks", you just don't know it cause it doesn't get publicity. This grandma was just pissed off so she called 9news.
I went into Six Flags St. Louis this year wearing one of those necklaces made out of the little silver balls. I was told to remove it because it could be a potential weapon. At the time I didn't really mind because I understand amusement parks (espically Six Flags) overreact to things. What really got to me is how when I entered the park, I noticed that gift shops were actually selling the identical necklace that I was forced to take off and put back into my car. Unbelieveable. Well just to be a jackass, as I reentered the park for a second time, I noticed a little kid wearing a necklace similar to mine and I notified security, telling them that it was a "potential weapon" similar to mine... and they were like "Ohhh yeah.. we know that" so they told the kid's parents to put the necklace back into the car. Funny, because the next time I went to SFSL they didn't say a word about my necklace.
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I think that each park should have a police staff of at least 4. I think 4 would be enough for a park the size of SFEG, but it would go up of course for larger parks. Have them work for the park, be trained, fully armed, and patrol the park with golf carts. Most park already have police patrol the park but not enough, and if guests new that there were police, I think they would not consider taking gang activity into the park.
As far as clothing goes, they really should have signs outside every park saying what is allowed and not allowed. I really wouldn't be surprised to see SFEG take this step now.
J.- I know, they are there all the time. It kinda makes me want to be a police officer. It just seems that there should be more than two that really patrol the park. Whenever I see them, I have never seen more than two and they usually don't go towards the back of the park. Maybe it is just me, but I like the idea of having trained police officers work for SF.
What strikes me as interesting is how different SFMM (which is closer to LA) doesn't care about this sort of thing. People where 13, they wear Playaz 69 jerseys, and my all time favorite, Scarface shirts. No one seems to care or mind, just fashion. I think it really has to do with the area and how....what's the word, sheltered from the bad they are.
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Denver is no stranger to gang activity. It's not a hugh concern, but it is present. It is unfortunate, but it is hard to find any major city without somesort of gang activity anymore. I also wondered what SFMM's policy on this issue was.
Crazydave-Have you ever been to Denver? I don't think you have and your are most likely talking about someting you don't know. Denver is no small city, and unfortunatly crime is a concern here. Crime is a concern everywhere, you can't go to any city with a decent population and have crime be a unknown thing.