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A free giveaway of the theme-park passes, turned into chaos when too many people show up.
FIRST, it is a construction company, and was offering 300 worth of free admission to the Kentucky Kingdom park for children ages 14 and younger from low-income families. Unfortunately, things get out of hand when a huge crowd arrived.
The offer was made in response to the closure of the public swimming pools in the area, the Courier-Journal reports. At around 9 in the morning, people began arriving at 2028 W Broadway in Louisville, Ky. In the end, the crowd grew to about 1,000 parents and their children. As the hours passed, people apparently began to grow restless, and the reports of violence began to occur.
Jessica Fouch spoke with The Courier-Journal concerning a number of gruesome acts of violence, committed against their children. Referring to her two sons, and a daughter, ” she said, “He was punched in the face, she had her legs in the back, and it got crushed and fell down, got up, and I had someone try to set up a chair down on my foot. It was just a mess. It didn’t work out.”
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The aggressive behavior has been attributed to a variety of factors, including the length of time people have been forced to wait until the weather is warm.
Theda Patrick, told WLKY that people have tipped over in her wheelchair. “I didn’t think they would continue to push me out of the way,” she said.
Today’s giveaway is designed to help low-income and disadvantaged families,” according to a flyer for the promotion of the event. In order to get free admission, families would need to have a current Medicaid card. Kentucky Kingdom spokesman, Adam Birkner, told The Courier-Journal reported that the park was not in front of the window, and that the FIRST had bought it, it will work.
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Police officers arrived at the scene at about 1 a.m. and tried to calm the crowd. The event was eventually shut down, a lot of people who waited for hours in line and left empty-handed. It is not possible to report how many passes have been given to it.
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Fox News has reached South Florida and the FIRST to comment, but she did not immediately respond to the request.