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California Theme Park Cracking Down on Unruly Teen Brawls


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Following a series of teen brawls, which broke out last weekend, Knott’s Berry Farm will require all young guests to be accompanied by a chaperone.

“For decades, Knott’s Berry Farm has been a place where families and friends come together to enjoy our one-of-a-kind park. Millions of guests have counted on us for their daily dose of wholesome family fun, and we’re committed to keeping that promise going forward,” the California theme park announced on its website.


From now on, all visitors under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a 21-or-older chaperone when visiting the park on Fridays and Saturdays. Under the new policy, one chaperone can accompany as many as three teens but must “remain with their party at all times during their visit to the park and be available by phone throughout their stay.”

A teen brawl last weekend resulted in two people being sent to the hospital for treatment and forced the park to close three hours early.

“The safety of Knott’s Berry Farm’s guests and associates is always our top priority,” the park said in a statement following the fights. “On Saturday evening, the decision was made to close the park 3 hours early due to unruly behavior and altercations involving a number of teenagers. This behavior did not align with our park’s values, and was not the experience we want any guest to have while visiting Knott’s Berry Farm.”

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