At 8:50 p.m., park visitors began calling 911, reporting several fights in the park and outside its gates. Throngs of teenagers lined the park’s perimeter on Central Avenue, witnesses said, as parents arrived to search for their children while patrons and park visitors poured out of Six Flags and filled the parking lot. [Fighting at Six Flags may have been organized via Twitter by Lynh Bui and Hamil R. Harris, Washington Post, September 29th.]That’s the Six Flags amusement park in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
I note in passing that Ms. Bui is East Asian, Hamil Harris is black, and we are told that "Arelis R. Hernández contributed to this report.” Would the Post permit a non-Hispanic white staffer to report a race riot? Some day? Maybe?
“It was panic, mayhem, chaos,” said Katrina Walker, who had dropped off her son and two of his friends at the park to celebrate his 15th birthday. “Everyone was fearful … parents were very scared because we had no idea if our children were hurt or if they got in the middle of something.”Security officers with no control of the situation? Seems to be a running theme in recent news.
“There were literally mobs of 20 to 30 kids per group and there was just constant fighting,” Hodge said about the scene inside the park. “There was a handful of security officers, but they had no control of the situation.”
As Hodge’s family left the park, she said she saw dozens of teenagers coming toward the car, removing their shirts and yelling obscenities, racial slurs and the word “purge.”That apparently refers to a new movie about a future Los Angeles in which all crime is legalized for a 12-hour period once a year—the Purge.
Here is a tally of every noun used in that Washington Post story to describe the rioters at Six Flags.
teens … teens … teenagers … the perpetrators … someone with a knife … kids … teenagers … young people …You could supply sufficient electric power for a small town—or an amusement park—from the eye-rolling of thousands of Washington Post readers as they take in those nouns. “Teens … kids … young people …” Uh-huh.
What on earth do the editors of the Post take us for? Do they think we don’t know?
Six Flags Great Adventure? Been there, done that.