Haunted trail owner under fire for Facebook post stating “zero-tolerance” policy for Somalis

The owner of a haunted trail experience is apologizing for saying the attraction would have a “zero-tolerance” policy for Somalis.

Scream Town is located on 30 acres in Chaska. The note targeting Somalis was posted by owner Matt Dunn in a closed Facebook group for Scream Town actors.

Dunn later wrote a public apology on the business’s Facebook page, saying all people are welcome.

Dunn said the original post was made after a group of teenagers caused trouble at Scream Town. He said the original post was poorly worded and came off as generalizing. He says he wants to make the attraction safe and called it a “terrible misunderstanding.”

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is asking the state Department of Human Rights to investigate.

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