Multiple law enforcement agencies were called to an amusement park in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday night after a brawl, involving 300 teenagers, broke out. The incident, which occurred at Worlds of Fun at 9:30 p.m. outside Camp Snoopy — a Peanuts-themed area of the park featuring children’s rides — was partially captured on cell phone footage.
One 25-year-old witness, Madi-Lynn McDaniel, told the Kansas City Star that there were “at least 10 to 15 different fights” occurring at the same time. “They would take one kid and break up a fight and his friends, or her friends, would go after the cops,” Mcdaniel said.
Mcdaniel alleges that most of the teenagers involved were about 14 to 16 years old and that no one was badly hurt despite the number of punches that were thrown. She was able to capture some footage of the massive brawl on her cell phone and shared it on social media. “No one could leave because of how big [the fight] was,” she wrote on Facebook, admitting she was afraid she and her party would also be sprayed with pepper spray.
“Some people were trying to find their sisters and their brothers, screaming, the park going crazy,” Worlds of Fun employee Joshua Harris told KSHB-TV. “Everybody was running places; cops were everywhere.”
Mcdaniel, a season ticket holder for the past three years, who visits frequently, said fights are not unusual at the park, but it has never been “this extreme.” “Maybe a couple of little fights,” she said. “Kids are kids.”
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reports a 17-year-old male was cited for “peace disturbance” and was released at the scene. There were no arrests made and no reported injuries.
The sheriff’s office shared the following statement: “Last night deputies at World’s of Fun requested assistance to disperse an unruly group of teenagers starting fights. One person was cited for Peace Disturbance and released at the scene. There were no injuries reported and no arrests were made. The group of bad actors at WOF only represent a fraction of guests that were there to enjoy the attractions. It’s unfortunate that families & children had their evening disrupted by these events. We will continue to work with WOF to ensure the safety of their guests & staff.”
World of Fun also issued a statement: “There was an altercation in the park last night. The altercation was broken up by local and park authorities and the guests were removed from the park. The safety and security of our guests and employees is at the core of what we do. The authorities responded quickly and handled the situation appropriately.”