Posted Tuesday, April 5, 2005 9:26 AM | Contributed by supermandl
More than a hundred police officers responded to a large fight at Bell's Amusement Park Saturday night. Police say one juvenile was taken into custody, but no one was injured.
Read more from KOTV/Tulsa.
Tulsa School of Science and Technology (TSST) couldn't even have football games at their own stadium because of unruly teens.
Tulsa Promenade Mall has banned teens from the mall during Friday's and Saturday's unless accompanied by a parent.
QuikTrip Convenience Stores hire off duty police officers for Friday and Saturday nights at their stores where the teen activity is heavy. I saw the guards and asked if something had happened, and they said they were there because there are several fights that break out each weekend night.
I know there was one incident in downtown Tulsa where a young man was killed by hitting his head on the concrete after being decked by a sucker punch.Robby can't ban the teens from the park, because they are such a huge part of his business - but maybe if he took that drastic step, and targeted it more for families, then maybe they would be better off in the long run. The current perception is that "Bells” is a bad place with bad kids - which is so untrue and unfair to the Bells family.
"My kids will not go to Bell's as long as Bell's is open. They will not go, unless I'm with them, and I've got to be with them."
What a crazy concept...
Officers used crowd-control tactics and some parents are upset with how authorities handled their children.
Maybe if these parents handled their children properly and taught them how to behave like civilized human beings in the first place, this all wouldn't have been necessary. It's unfortunate for the park most of all though, bad publicity like this only hurts the park since people will now consider the park unsafe.
At SCBB, they learned long ago that when you have no gate/admission, you had better have a huge security presence to stifle the park from being a teen hangout and from anything like this happening again. Totally works, families pack the park all season long, and the heavy security presence does indeed detour the trouble makers from getting out of hand.
I'm glad I was never a teenager.
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