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Local News in Brief : Park Settles Racial Suit

January 07, 1988

Six Flags Magic Mountain has agreed to pay $35,000 to a black teen-ager and his family who sued the park, alleging that an employee shouted racial epithets at him.

Although the agreement settles the family's complaint against Magic Mountain, the suit is still pending in San Fernando Superior Court against the employee, who has since left the amusement park, according to a park representative and the family's attorney.

The incident occurred when Corine Alexander of Compton took her four children and five other relatives to Magic Mountain on July 19, 1985. As the family walked past a ring-toss game, employee Anna Fessler shouted at Greg Alexander Jr., 18, that she hates "niggers," Feldman said. Fessler then repeated the remark, he said.

Corine Alexander complained to the management, and the park refunded the family's admission, Feldman said.

Fessler, who was reprimanded after the incident, no longer works for Magic Mountain, Bang said, but she did not know whether Fessler had been fired or had quit. Fessler, who was 17 at the time of the incident, could not be reached for comment.

Feldman said the entire Alexander family entered counseling after the trip to Magic Mountain.

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