Days after a series of violent fights at Knott’s Berry Farm, the theme park is requiring all visitors 17 and under to be accompanied by an adult chaperone on Fridays and Saturdays.
Multiple fights between teenagers broke out at Knott’s Berry Farm over the weekend, forcing the theme park to close three hours earlier on Saturday. Videos circulated on social media showing teenagers throwing punches and security guards caught in the fray. Violence sent park visitors running for safety, as seen in the video posted on Twitter.
In light of the chaos, theme park officials are rolling out a new escort policy, requiring visitors under 18 to be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 to enter the park.
Attendants must show photo ID with a date of birth and can accompany up to three guests, according to the policy, which was posted Wednesday on Knott’s Berry Farm’s “code of conduct” page.
“Chaperones must accompany their party upon entry, remain with their party at all times while visiting the park, and be available by phone throughout their stay,” the policy states.
Young guests who find themselves unaccompanied could be kicked out of the park, according to the policy.
The chaperone rules will come into effect on Friday and will remain the rule on Fridays and Saturdays “until further notice,” Knott officials said in a statement.
“Millions of guests rely on us for their daily dose of wholesome family fun, and we are committed to delivering on that promise,” the statement read.
Saturday’s violence was captured on videos, including one in which a described visitor get caught in a stampede and hide in the park’s Build-A-Bear Workshop store.
The fighting brought a response from the Buena Park Police Department. Two people injured in the fight were taken to hospital by paramedics.
Los Angeles Times