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Don’t let poor behavior ruin return to ‘normal’

We’ve all been cooped up and restless for more than a year.

Cabin fever took on new meaning this spring, as the possibility of a return to nearly “normal” prompted hope for travel and activities that simply were not possible this time last year. So, we can be forgiven if we are a bit more jubilant in our adventures than we might have been in the past.

What we cannot do is lose our heads and behave in a way that sends us a few steps backward in the reopening process.

That is precisely what happened last weekend when Kings Island amusement park was forced to shut down early after a large group of teenagers became unruly and aggressive. Fights broke out; foul language was spewed. Other attendees felt as though the situation had gotten dangerous.

“The safety of our guests and associates is always our top priority,” a media statement from Kings Island said. “On Saturday, the decision was made to close the park 30 minutes early due to unruly behavior and altercations involving a number of teenagers. This behavior did not align with our park’s values and was not the experience we want any guest to have while visiting Kings Island.”

While this incident involved primarily juveniles, there have been other reports of adults behaving badly, as they re-enter social and recreational situations. For goodness sake, folks, don’t ruin this for the rest of us.

Parents, talk to your kids. If they are old enough to be out and about unsupervised, remind them they have to continually earn that privilege. And adults, if you truly are incapable of returning to social situations without creating a problem, then stay home. The rest of us are just as excited about having social lives again as you are. Let’s keep moving forward.

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