Suburban churches have canceled annual carnivals after teen gatherings in Chicago and Tinley Park were disrupted in recent weeks.
There are 46 churches in the church, according to Father Jim Hyland of Most Holy Redeemer Parish in suburban Evergreen Park.th The annual carnival was scheduled to take place from June 15th to 18th, but has been cancelled.
“After hearing input from parishioners and consulting with the Evergreen Park Police Department, the Carnival Committee has met. Rand said in an email.
The church said it was exploring alternative fundraising activities to the carnival, but no further details were given.
The decision comes after several high-profile incidents of large groups of teens gathering in several communities, including Tinley Park. There, a carnival that benefits veterans was cut short after more than 400 teens rushed through the event as part of “The Flash.” Organized “mob” stunts on social media.
At least five teens were summoned.
“As a result of this incident, a police officer was injured and the city police issued a summons to several out-of-town teens for allegedly fighting in public,” Mayor Michael Grotz said in a statement. rice field. “(This is) an expansion trend and we have to be prepared for it.”
Photographs and videos of the scene showed a chaotic environment in which police officers appeared to try to stop the fighting and disperse the crowd.
At least 15 people were arrested when a large group of teens gathered in and near Millennium Park earlier this year, and two teenagers were also shot dead during unrest in the area.
Chicago authorities introduced security checkpoints and curfews after the incident.