Tinley Park mayor vows to tighten crowd protocols after teen ‘flash mob’ causes ‘general chaos’ at weekend carnival

Bag checks, youth supervision requirements and clear event boundaries are part of the tighter rules being imposed in the village after five teens were cited.

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Large events in suburban Tinley Park will have tighter security and stricter rules after a carnival last weekend was canceled early due to “general chaos” caused by hundreds of teens lured by social media, the village’s mayor said.

More than 400 teens descended on the town’s Armed Forces Weekend Carnival on Saturday night. A police officer was injured trying to break up a fight, and five teens were cited for fighting in public.

Tinley Park Mayor Michael Glotz vowed to tighten measures at large events after Sunday’s festivities were canceled to avoid further issues. He called the flash mob a “growing trend that we must be prepared for.”

Bag checks, clear boundaries at events and youth supervision requirements will be implemented at other events in Tinley Park, Glotz said in a statement Tuesday.

“It’s a sad reality, but gone are the days when we could hold an open event of this size without these measures in place,” the statement reads.

As news of the “flash mob” spread on social media, Glotz said some comments targeted the race of some of the teens and added that the city doesn’t condone hate speech.

Anyone who had tickets to last Sunday’s event can contact Windy City Amusements at (630) 443-4547 or the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce at (708) 532-5700 to request a refund, Glotz said.

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