Controversy is brewing after fans at Six Flags in Arlington were pepper sprayed during an all-ages concert.
The incident happened on Saturday night during a performance by "All Time Low" as part of a traveling multiband performance "The Bamboozle Roadshow."
According to amusement park representative Sharon Parker, one of the bands incited the young crowd, prompting them to become rowdy.
Parker did not provide specifics about the concertgoers' actions, but in an official statement did admit that force was used to control the crowd.
"In an effort to diffuse the situation, pepper spray was used and approximately 15 guests were affected," the statement read. "Those individuals were treated by First Aid and released."
Parker said that Arlington police, not park security, brandished the weapon.
A police spokesperson said no uniformed officers were at teh park but that one off-duty officer was working security at the event.
No arrests were reported.
The incident outraged the band and has sparked a social media backlash.
Video posted on YouTube shows band member Alex Gaskarth addressing the crowd immediately after the incident.
"Any fucking Six Flags that sprays mace in the face of a fucking kid -- that is fucking bullshit," he said to a cheering crowd.
But the harsh words for Six Flags did not end there. The band utilized its Twitter account to further criticize the park.
"I don't care how rowdy a crowd of kids are, there is absolutely no excuse for the police at SIX FLAGS to spray mace in our fans faces," one post read. "That kind of protocol is insane for an all ages show at a theme park. A girl who looked to be about 15 walked up to me and said she was removed from the crowd after being maced. Are you fucking kidding me?"
The band also alerted fans that it would not be attending the roadshow's scheduled Sunday performance at Six Flags' San Antonio location.
According to the park, the band dropped out, but ATL said the park refused to let them play.
"Big thanks to the park for not only condoning the macing of kids at an all ages show, but also for fabricating stories in order to ban us," the band tweeted. "For clarification, we have been asked not to perform at the 6Flags San Antonio show tonight. I'm sincerely sorry to anyone hoping to see us."
The majority of comments made on the video and in response to the tweets were highly critical of Six Flags.
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