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Trampoline Park Temporarily Closed After Racial Incident

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A Sky Zone in Maple Grove, Minnesota, closed temporarily after reports of an alleged racial attack. The incident is said to have involved two children, who made racially insensitive comments towards one another.

News of the incident was spread through social media. On April 16, Angela Kim described an attack on a boy name Enzo.

“Finding out that Enzo was racially attacked and physically assaulted tonight and I wasn’t there just makes me feel some sort of way!!!!!!!!” Kim wrote in her post.

She said that Enzo asked two adults for help, but did not receive it. A parent also

On April 17, Kim posted again thanking people for their support. She added that they were working with Sky Zone in Maple Grove to comb through security footage to identify the other people involved. She alluded to the fact that the attackers had made jokes about the coronavirus and told Enzo to go back to his own country.

AsAmNews attempted to contact Kim to clarify her relationship with Enzo and the incident but have not heard back.

Yana Reko later posted further details about the incident to her Facebook page on behalf of a “friend because she’s tired and feeling defeated.”

Reko said that on Saturday “a sibling of one of our students” was attacked at the Sky Zone in Maple Grove. The 10-year-old boy was cornered, slapped, choked, body-slammed, told to go back to China and screamed at about bringing the Chinese flu to America. Reko says the boy was not Chinese.

Maple Grove Police were informed of the incident on April 18. In an April 26 press release, they confirmed that an incident between two juveniles aged 9 and 10 had occurred on April 16 at the Maple Grove Sky Zone.

The police said they contacted the parents of both juveniles, who determined that criminal charges were not necessary. According to the police, both children made “inappropriate racial comments” towards each other.

It is unclear at this time what comments may have been made to the other child involved. AsAmNews contacted Maple Grove Police Department who said they could not give out further information.

On April 24, Sky Zone Maple Grove posted a statement on its Facebook page saying that it had closed the park for a short period of time due to the incident.

“We share the concern of the community for social justice and have a Zero Tolerance policy for discrimination or violence of any kind,” Sky Zone wrote.

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