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.
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.
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).
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.
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 ***
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."