Following recent violence, Crystal Palace implements new policy - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Following recent violence, Crystal Palace implements new policy

All children must be escorted by parents; no walk-ups and no unsupervised kids. (Photo source: WMC Action News 5) All children must be escorted by parents; no walk-ups and no unsupervised kids. (Photo source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Crystal Palace officially closed at 10 p.m. but it was the first night implementing new rules from the general manager — rules that started with the parents.

Charmella Upchurch brought her eight kids to Crystal Palace Saturday night and noticed something different than usual.

"I see a lot more parents in here tonight and that is great," said Upchurch.

General manager Landius Matthews made changes after a recent shooting near the skating rink. According to police, April Rawls allegedly fired shots into a crowd of people, hitting two teens.

The incident sparked action from Matthews.

"I've made similar decisions, I had just haven't gone as far with decisions," said Matthews.

Now, all children must be escorted by parents; no walk-ups and no unsupervised kids.

Matthews added, "I've had to turn a couple of people away but I gave them a pass and told them if they come back with their parent that I'll give them a discount. I've had a couple of people come back with their parent."

He admits that he may initially lose business, but that it will create a safer environment for people like Upchurch, who simply want a place to spend time with their family.

"When you see parents that's trying to be with their kids and you see people trying to support the community, then it's a good thing," added Upchurch. "Parents need to know that now is the time that our kids need us more than anything."

Because the incident started with a fight outside of the skating rink, Matthews has blocked off the front entrance from cars.

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