Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2003 4:53 AM | Contributed by Jeff
[4/21/2003 8:55:43 AM] Mayhem struck Lake Winnepesaukah Saturday night from a fight involving 50-100 youth, closing down the park while crowds rushed to escape.
Read more from The Catoosa County News.
[UPDATE] Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers said Monday that the incident, which stalled traffic in the neighborhood and resulted in two juvenile arrests, stemmed from sporadic fighting that occurred inside the amusement park about 8 p.m. Park officials, hoping to quell the behavior, decided to close the park early at about 8:30 p.m. — one-and-a-half hours before its scheduled closing time.
Read more from The Catoosa County News.
"It's not a Too-mah!" - Arnold after riding Batman the Ride*** This post was edited by janfrederick 4/21/2003 11:43:56 AM ***
After 4 1/2 years I'm a "single" rider again!
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Interestingly, just returned from Orlando and for the first time in my life, left a park (IOA) early because it didn't feel real safe. Roving groups of teens looking to start trouble certainly isn't "amusing" unless it's some new themed land that Universal is piloting....
Ah what the hell.....Magnum What?
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It's a shame that this kind of thing happens. Hopefully it won't have any significant impact on Lake Winnie outside of this one evening.
--Greg, aka Oat Boy
"I can't believe I just left a nuclear weapon in an elevator." -- Farscape
I think park security should have been #1, but I guess piling guests in for money was more important.
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It isn't so bad. . .
Once you're used to it
I don't know how big Lake Winnie is. But I do know that closing the park early was quite possibly the worst thing the park could have done in terms of causing the neighborhood disturbance.
I have a hard time believing that 50-100 people will spontaneously begin fighting each other in a park. It starts with 2-5 people, and as the blows start falling, a crowd gathers, and people join in the melee, next thing you know there are 100 people involved in a riot.
Simply shutting down the park and throwing everybody out isn't a solution. It gets the problem out of the park, which is what the park was thinking, but it creates a new problem out in the neighborhood.
What really needs to happen is that when the fight first breaks out, park security needs to be on the scene right away, the instigators need to be isolated from the rest of the park population (and from each other), and they need to be thrown out of the park...preferrably into the back of a waiting police cruiser. Because park security can't be everywhere at once, the other thing that is needed is for every park employee to have at his disposal a telephone, radio, bullhorn, carrier pigeon, or other means for calling the security officer to the scene. Security may only be twelve bouncers, but the park has a thousand eyes and ears...and a little bit of communications technology can put those eyes and ears to good use.
Just my opinion based on what I've seen at a few Really Big Parks when trouble breaks out...
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
IMO, some responsibility goes back to the parents - if you know you have a bad kid, don't allow him/her to go to a place where they can cause some trouble. And if you do allow them to go out, let it be known that they have to take responsibility for their actions - that's how my parents have raised me. (I'm not trying to tell anybody how to be a parent, I'm not one nor do I plan on being one anytime soon.)
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I know that some teens are gonna be starting trouble at parks, and I have seen 2 almost get killed on a coaster because of what they were doing, but hey, I'm 15, and I don't need my parents hovering around the park to supervise me. If I couldn't behave at a park, then my parents wouldn't let me go. That is how it should be. And do think that more park security would be a good thing, because whenever I have seen a fight at a park, it is always over before security even gets there!
wood's just as good
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