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Easter egg hunt canceled because of violent parents


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Tiziana Fabi

An Easter egg hunt was canceled in Macon, Georgia after participants got a little too competitive. But sadly, it wasn't the children who needed to be put in time-out.

"Parents caused a situation in which some children got hurt," Bibb County Commissioner Joe Allen, the egg hunt coordinator, told The Telegraph of Macon

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Before it got canceled, the hunt was one of the largest Easter celebrations in Central Georgia, the Associated Press reported. It had gone on for years.

In past years, the park was sectioned off, with each area designated specifically for children of different age groups. But Allen said some people who were clearly over the age limit insisted on grabbing eggs. In some cases "parents became violent," and several children had even been "trampled on." The event became a liability, The Telegraph reported

This is the second time within the past month that an Easter egg hunt in the US has been canceled because of adult behavior. In March officials in Colorado announced that a local Easter egg hunt race was no longer happening because the parents were getting too aggressive, Fox21 reported

"You better believe I'm going to help my kid get one of those eggs," a Colorado parent told the Associated Press.