Three hurt, one in medically induced coma, after Fright Fest fight at Six Flags America

Posted Monday, September 29, 2014 9:07 AM | Contributed by Vater

A 15-year-old boy is in stable condition but in a medically induced coma after a fight that broke out in the parking lot of Six Flags America over the weekend. Two others were also injured in the altercation, which happened during the first night of the theme park's annual Fright Fest celebration.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 10:49 AM

I haven't been here in 11 years, so I don't recall; are there metal detectors at SFA's gate?

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Monday, September 29, 2014 12:23 PM

I appreciate the +1's, but I'm asking because I actually want to know the answer. :)

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Monday, September 29, 2014 12:41 PM

I haven't been to SFA in close to 5 years...they were still there then, and SFoG still has theirs. I think proximity to metropolitan areas has a lot to do with it...

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Monday, September 29, 2014 1:24 PM

Why does every news story about Six Flags involve someone getting hurt? Other than ride announcements, SF articles are almost always bad. I hope everyone recovers.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 1:29 PM

Yeah, cuz Sicks Flagzs SUX!@@#!!

*Every* news story about *anything* related to the amusement industry is either about an announcement or someone getting hurt. The news vultures eat that kind of stuff up. Not to mention, this happened in the parking lot, not inside the gates, and that parking lot is essentially a war zone.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 1:30 PM

Thabto said:

Why does every news story about Six Flags involve someone getting hurt? Other than ride announcements, SF articles are almost always bad. I hope everyone recovers.

Cedar fair hides it from the media better than SF does.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 1:40 PM

From SixFlags.com/America, under Park Policies section on Guest Safety:

"Guests must pass through an electronic security screening system at the Front Gate turnstiles."

Which I assume is corporate-ese for metal detectors.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 1:46 PM

A war zone.
And for all that you only have to pay 25 bucks.

Last edited by RCMAC, Monday, September 29, 2014 1:47 PM
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Monday, September 29, 2014 1:59 PM

gamerguy said:
Cedar fair hides it from the media better than SF does.

If anything, I think Cedar Fair's higher ticketing and season pass pricing helps reduce the amount of riff-raff coming into the park each summer.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 2:35 PM

I've been saying that for years.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 3:13 PM

Oh for the love of Gonch: ;~P

http://coasterbuzz.com/Forums/Topic/safety---six-flags-vs-cedar-fair/2#909576

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Monday, September 29, 2014 4:14 PM

Why does everyone hate Riff Raff?

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Monday, September 29, 2014 4:41 PM

slithernoggin said:

From SixFlags.com/America, under Park Policies section on Guest Safety:

"Guests must pass through an electronic security screening system at the Front Gate turnstiles."

Which I assume is corporate-ese for metal detectors.

And metal detectors prevent parking lot fights how?

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Monday, September 29, 2014 4:55 PM

They don't, and I don't think anyone here implied that they do.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 5:15 PM

My last visit to SFA was decades ago, but it is the only park I have ever been to in which I felt intimidated by other guests. They blatantly cut in line frequently throughout the day, and as my buddy and I were exiting the gate, some thugs were hollering at us about our appearance, calling me a "Marylin Manson lookin' queer," and my friend "(EXPLETIVE) Howard Stern." They just wanted to pick a fight, but we quietly walked by, ignoring them.

Please note, I am not telling this story to badmouth Six Flags. The area is the problem, not the park or park brand.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 5:22 PM

I must just live the thug life.

Been to SFA twice (2003 & 2010) and while the general area is clearly questionable, we have run into nothing but overtly nice people and I'd put the staff among the best at any SF park we've been to over the years.

Nothing but good opinions of SFA.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 5:29 PM

Maybe they fixed the problem after my visit. I can't remember when I went last, but I believe it was 2001 or 2002.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 5:40 PM

My last visit was in 2003, and the staff was ok; other than a couple apathetic, grumpy teenagers, there were no shining employees worth writing home about. It was the clientele that sucked. Encountered hoards of line jumpers and general dipsh**tery pretty much everywhere.

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Monday, September 29, 2014 5:52 PM

I've been three times with no issues. The staff is semi lethargic but not terrible. DC/Bmore is a crappy place overall, but I never had anything but enjoyable visits.

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