Parents say new chaperone policy is good for SCarowinds

People who wanted to enjoy a cool, fall evening while being frightened found the opportunity to go to SCarowinds Friday night under a new chaperone policy.

The new rules were put into place earlier this week for the annual event at Carowinds on the state line.

The theme park enacted the rules after rumors of someone toting a gun last weekend sent thousands of visitors running for safety.

SCarowinds guests 17 years old or younger must have a chaperone who is at least 21 years old for them to get into the park.

“We were originally going to come anyway, but when we heard about what happened,” parent Danielle Fondale said. “We thought about not coming until they implemented some of the new rules, and then we decided it would be a good thing to come.”

A chaperone cannot have more than four guests per day who are 17 or younger.

“I think it’s always great to have chaperones and keep our kids safe,” parent Lisa Nicols said.

Kids are required to be with their guests when they enter the park and must stay in the park during their visit.

Channel 9′s Glenn Counts was at Carowinds Friday night, and said there were more adults than what he saw the previous weekend when chaos erupted.

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