Mom: RI Theater Threw Out Disabled Girl Over Noise
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A New Bedford mom says she and her 5-year-old developmentally disabled daughter were thrown out of a Providence, R.I., theater during a performance of “Beauty and the Beast” because the little girl was making giggling and humming noises she makes when she’s happy.
Samantha Torres says her daughter, Nadia, suffers from a chromosome abnormality and can’t speak.
Torres tells The Standard-Times that Nadia was squealing, giggling and humming along with the musical at the Providence Performing Arts Center they went to on June 2.
Theater marketing director P.J. Prokop said the family was never told to leave. He says the little girl was distracting other people and per theater policy, was offered different seats.
Torres denies being offered different seats and says the only people bothered were the ushers.
Information from: The (New Bedford, Mass.) Standard-Times, http://www.southcoasttoday.com