County orders Scream Town closed after discriminatory Facebook post

Scream Town: "We are shocked at the fact that the county has taken this action."

Edgar Linares
October 11, 2018 - 4:16 pm



Carver County is ordering Scream Town to shut down after a Facebook post by the owner that said there would be a "zero tolerance" policy for Somalis. 

A statement released by Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson, County Attorney Mark Metz, and County Administrator David Hemze said they were terminating their contract with the Chaska Halloween attraction.

 Earlier this week Scream Town owner Matt Dunn posted the following message on a Scream Town staff Facebook page after the attraction allegedly had issues with a group of Somali youth last weekend: 

“... Note that we are having a zero tolerance policy with Somalis. (Other guests, you make your best judgement call) But absolutely zero tolerance with Somalis. Your diligence in this matter is crucial..." 

Dunn later apologized for the comment and said  safety is there top priority, and that the post “seemed to generalize.”

County Administrator David Hemze said they met with Dunn for about an hour after the reports of the post surfaced.

“I asked him specifically if he posted that language… He said he did,” said Hemze. 

The Carver County Sheriff's Office, which is contracted to provide security and traffic control for Scream Town, says the post violated the terms of its conditional use permit by discriminating based on race or nationality. 

“This was such an obvious case of discriminatory language it really wasn’t difficult to decipher that it was a significant problem,” said Hemze. 

Dunn spoke briefly with WCCO Radio and issued the following statement: "We are shocked at the fact that the county has taken this action. We believe their act to be illegal. We are immediately reviewing our legal options."