Thirteen-year-old attacks Road Runner at Six Flags Over Georgia

Posted Thursday, August 19, 2004 9:59 AM | Contributed by jomo

A 13-year-old boy has been banned from Six Flags Over Georgia for up to a year for assaulting a character actor dressed as the Road Runner.

Read more from The Marietta Daily Journal.

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Thursday, August 19, 2004 10:05 AM
It seems like being a costumed character is an occupational hazzard. There have been many instances of mascots being assualted, sometimes by other mascots. People seem to forget that there's a human being underneath it all.
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Thursday, August 19, 2004 10:05 AM
Did he think he was the coyote?
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Thursday, August 19, 2004 10:08 AM
That is just stupid. Man what is that boy thinking? If my son would try something like that. ;) What can you do? Today's generation just isn't the same. No love for the Road Runner? I always wanted to see Wile E Coyote catch him, but I would be saddened to see that.
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Thursday, August 19, 2004 10:09 AM
joe.'s avatar That's today's youth for you. But damn, that's funny.
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Thursday, August 19, 2004 10:30 AM
Really? Come here, let me knock your hip out of joint.
We'll all laugh together.

-CO

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Thursday, August 19, 2004 10:40 AM
No, not funny.

Charge the kid with assault... perhaps not for the initial push, but for the "grabbing by the neck and throwing to the wall". Also, while I am not in favor of all of the over used "counseling" that goes on in today's PC crazed society, I do believe that some sort of counseling is needed here... find out just what in the hell is wrong with this little delinquent. Also... the costume is damaged... so send the bill for repairs to the kids parents (or guardiens or what ever).

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Thursday, August 19, 2004 10:42 AM
In this country minors committing an offence are, as a rule, not allowed to be named by the media. I'm surprised that the US, with acts like COPPA et al, doesn't work the same way.
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Thursday, August 19, 2004 11:07 AM
Jeff's avatar There is no law, but depending on the severity of the crime, most publications will use discretion. It's all a matter of public record.
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Thursday, August 19, 2004 11:09 AM
I agree... slap some assault charges on the kid. And ban him for a lot longer than a year. One year is nothing- keep him from entering the park when he and his friends are old enough to drive there on their own and have the day to themselves. Not being able to be included in that will surely teach him some kind of lesson.
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Thursday, August 19, 2004 11:15 AM
Not to be stupid... but... just exactly does "banning" from a park work?

Out of the thousands that go through the gates per day, how is one person singled out? How do they identify this kid to keep him out?

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Thursday, August 19, 2004 11:18 AM
I'd like to know the exact same thing but I am TOLD that it works.
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Thursday, August 19, 2004 11:19 AM
I think they should have charged him with assault charges

and the judge should sentence him to dress in a costume at his schools ball game

this kid has no concept of being in the other guys shoes.

If the park wants revenge they could give free tickets to his school so everyone in his Grade could go except him (cause he is banned)

Having been in charge of a haunted house for 5 years I know why you do not charge you have to send 4 or 5 employees to testify and the judge slaps him with a do not do again.*** This post was edited by kevin38 8/19/2004 11:25:12 AM ****** This post was edited by kevin38 8/19/2004 11:26:17 AM ***

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Thursday, August 19, 2004 11:22 AM
They were in Georgia. Maybe he though he could hunt it and stuff it and hang the head in the living room?
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Thursday, August 19, 2004 11:34 AM
That's a good job of stereotyping Crash...way to paint with those broad strokes; keep it up.

I wouldn't say that sending a bill to the parents would do much good. Judging from the actions of the child I wouldn't say that the family structure he comes from isn't that solid.

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Thursday, August 19, 2004 11:40 AM
I'd say some teenager BOOT CAMP for this little punk. If someone doesn't snap this kid into reality soon, he'll be doing drive by shootings when he hits 17 years old.
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Thursday, August 19, 2004 12:01 PM
I thought, when I first read this..."uh-oh...Sesame Place all over again!"
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Thursday, August 19, 2004 12:05 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar Banning, therapy, counseling, etc. etc. all seem like partial solutions to me. Not that there is a full solution, but this really seems like an expression of a more systemic problem. This isn't the only kid who does/has been tempted to do this kind of thing. Heck, every time I pass by a character or a Santa they just look like big fat targets. Every time someone cuts me off in traffic or cuts me in line, I think "Man, I wish I could club him/her without any consequences."
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Thursday, August 19, 2004 12:08 PM
Man just how big is this 13 year old? I guess they'll have to start using employees that are a little 'tuffer' to work the costumed characters.
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Thursday, August 19, 2004 12:36 PM
I was only kidding. I'm sorry if I offended anyone!
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