- Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Two Kentucky malls have imposed new chaperone rules after a weekend disturbance at a shopping center involving unruly teens.

New restrictions at Mall St. Matthews and Oxmoor Center will require adult supervision of anyone under the age of 18 during certain weekend hours, The Courier-Journal (https://cjky.it/1OmEkrS) reported.

General manager of Mall St. Matthews David Jacoby announced the parental guidance requirement Wednesday. The program will require chaperones after 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays beginning Jan. 2. Jacoby said the move is temporary but didn’t mention an end date.

The new rules follow an incident involving reports of fights, harassment of customers and store employees, and other problems at Mall St. Matthews on Saturday. Officers from several agencies responded to numerous disturbances caused by teens at the shopping center, said Officer Dennis McDonald, a spokesman for suburban St. Matthews police. No arrests were made, he said.

The disturbance forced officials to close the mall Saturday. It was reopened Sunday with extra security.

Mall officials said security guards and police will check for valid identifications at mall entrances and they will enforce the Parental Guidance Required rules on all mall property including the parking lot and all exterior sidewalks.

St. Matthews Mayor Rick Tonini said he fully supports the decision of the two malls.


Information from: The Courier-Journal, https://www.courier-journal.com

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