Six Flags issues apology to mother who alleges racial profiling

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by Ruella Rouf / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 1 at 3:07 PM

ST. LOUIS Mo. (KMOV.com) – Six Flags apologized to a mother for what she alleges is racial profiling of her 13-year-old son.

The 13-year-old was mistaken for an African-American man who was wanted by security, but mother Tamika Parks said it was racial profiling.

“If this is an adult man [that you are looking for], how do you grab a 13-year-old kid?” she asked herself.

Her son Da’mon was pulled aside by a Six Flags security guard. Parks said her son was scared because he did not know what was going on. Parks said security then began to question her son.

“That’s a child. I’m his parent. You don’t grab a child without discussing anything … [with the] parent,” said Parks.

Six Flags said it got a report from a guest that somebody was cutting lines, so security was searching for a tall, African-American male with dreadlocks and a white sleeveless shirt. Da’mon has dreadlocks and is six feet tall.

Six Flags released a statement saying "after receiving a photo of the individual, it was determined the guest being questioned was in fact not the offender at which time an apology was immediately issued …" 

But that was not enough for Da’mon’s mother.

“If he can do it to him, what makes me think he won’t do it to the next black male, tall with dreads?” said Parks of the security guard.

Six Flags said it would like to invite the family back as special VIP guests. Parks is unsure if that will happen.

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