• WATCH: Carowinds responds after fight in park caught on video

    By: Greg Suskin

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A fight on a busy weekend at Carowinds was caught on video.

    The video shows at least a half-dozen people involved in a scuffle on June 3.

    (Click play to watch video captured of fight at Carowinds)

    One man is seen on the ground, while others throw punches.  

    There's a shoving match once the man is able to get up. It appears to stop, but then continues for about 50 seconds.

    A security officer watches closely, but he doesn't step in or try to break up the fight.

    That was a shock to people who watched the video.

    "That's completely not safe,” Kayla Kahlout said. “I think they definitely need better people working for them.”

    Dwayne Burris was on his way to take his 11-year-old son into the park when Channel 9 showed him the clip.

    "It should have been stopped,” Burris said. “It should never have gone on that long. (Security) definitely needed to do something.”

    Channel 9 contacted Carowinds to ask about the security officer in the video, and also e-mailed the video to Carowinds’ parent company Cedar Fair in Sandusky, Ohio.

    "The security officer responded immediately and appropriately to the situation,” spokesperson Laurie Tardif said.

    Channel 9 asked Tardif if it was the policy for security officers not to get involved in this kind of incident, and what the appropriate response is.

    "We don't discuss policy and our procedures when it comes to security,” Tardif said.

    Tardif said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers responded as well, and those involved in the fight were ejected from the park.

    Last year on July 4, several teens were ejected after they caused a chaotic scene. Witnesses said they were running through the park, looking for someone to fight.

    Carowinds said it was a minor disturbance inside Harmony Hall and there were no injuries.

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