Officials at an aquatic center in Tours, France, have been forced to implement new admission policies after ‘uncontrollable gangs’ of young people unleashed chaos over the weekend, according to reports.
Employees and security guards were attacked and guests harassed and spat upon by mobs of ‘youths’ during multiple days of mayhem at the Centre Aquatique du Lac.
"It's a pack phenomenon," a lifeguard told France Bleu.
"With groups of 60 to 80 people, it was impossible to enforce anything."
After a series of violent episodes, administrators announced that minors would no longer be able to enter the swimming pool without accompaniment by an adult relative.
In response, ‘youths’ stormed the facility on Saturday.
"The young people started to climb the walls," said deputy director Grégory Gratias. “We ran after them all day, until having to call the police at 6 p.m.”
“About twenty police officers intervened in force to clear the site.”
However, things got even worse on Sunday when groups attempted to rush the main entrance.
"The young people tried to force entry,” Gratias explained. “We had to close the glass doors to prevent them from entering. One wonders if they were going to break the doors to enter.”
“So we were ‘locked inside.’ And while bringing out the customers, the young people who remained around spat on the them and the employees. It ended well but we have an employee who is on sick leave and others who are shocked.”
One 16-year-old suspect reportedly hit a security guard and fought seven police officers during her arrest.
Moving forward, officials say they will attempt to enforce the ban on unaccompanied minors at the aquatic center to prevent future rampages by ‘uncontrollable gangs.’
The incident is just the latest in a slew of similar episodes that have unfolded at swimming pools across Europe in recent years.
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