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Mom: RI Theater Threw Out Disabled Girl Over Noise

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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

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  • boo72

    Wow!!! Dito that sucks!!! She a kid no matter whether she has a disability or not she’s watching beauty& beast HELLO!!!! Ppl what is wrong with this world !!!! So sad!!!

  • alpinequeen

    The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one.

  • skydyver75

    As the parent of a special needs child, I am very well aware of my sons capabilities. He cannot sit through an entire movie without getting up or becoming restless, which is clearly disruptive to other people in the theater. So what do we do? Go to off-peak showings when there will be less people there. This woman cannot honestly say that she doesn’t know her daughter’s behavior can be disrupt ful to others – if she does, then she clearly doesn’t know her own child. She should have advised the theater ahead of time – many places will make special accommodations for the disabled – or chosen a less crowded performance to attend. But this woman obviously has it in her head that because her child has special needs everyone should cater to her and sacrifice their own enjoyment.

  • andrea

    I am the sole caretaker of a mentally and physically disabled sister. I am more in tune with the needs of the disabled more than most. However, a disabled person’s rights are no greater than anyone elses. If a person can not act appropriately at a movie theatre so as to not interrupt the enjoyment of other viewers, the disabled person, or anyone else not being quiet enough, should have to leave. I dont bring a baby to the movies because the baby doesnt know how to behave, why should it matter if it is a child that is older that also doesnt know how to behave. The disabled do not need to be treated better than anyone else. They just need to be treated equal.