On its Facebook page, the Norco Fire Company explains in part, "Unfortunately, due to the past years [sic] unruly crowds, we will not be having the egg hunt this year. We know that the majority of our community is not the problem, but we can't risk injury to children because certain individuals can't control themselves. We are hoping to try again at some point!"
According to Time, Deputy Chief Chuck Hipple says parents have run out onto the field and put kids hunting for eggs in danger. He explains that while most people behave themselves, a few people "just can't seem to let the kids have fun."
Commenters on Facebook have had mixed reactions to the company's decision to cancel the hunt.
"Just my view.. To not have it is more damaging to the kids," wrote one person, also adding it's especially harmful to kids given, "all the stuff removed from the schools today such as Halloween and in some areas no Santa."
Another commenter said, "I was there with my children last year and I didn't see any unruly crowds or anything out of the ordinary. Honestly the event was disorganized and not well put together. Maybe more people showed up than expected."
But yet another commenter countered, "We went 2 years ago and my granddaughter got pushed around and was knocked over. We didn't go last year due to that. I do not fault the fire company, I fault the parents who feel they can shove little kids around to get some candy. Easter Egg Hunts are for the kids, not for parents to lay on the ground and swipe all the eggs into a pile and put them in their children's buckets and bags."
I have to say I'm not surprised that some parents got so competitive during what should be a fun family event. I've seen parents in my town take many kids' events way too seriously, from sports matches to the science fair. It's as if how their child does in a particular contest is life or death. I think it's because parents worry the kid's performance will reflect on them. But no matter the motivation, it's just sad if you ask me. Because ultimately, it's the kid who suffers when the parents act badly.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and soon-to-be mom of 4. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.