Mom: Mass. girl, 5, thrown out of RI 'Beauty and the Beast' show for making happy noises

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  • Updated: June 18, 2013 - 10:10 AM

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — A woman says she and her 5-year-old developmentally disabled daughter were thrown out of a theater during a "Beauty and the Beast" performance because the girl was making giggling and humming noises she makes when she's happy.

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andersod62Jun. 18, 1310:24 AM

As well they should have been thrown out, if you are disruptive to society you should be removed. And " to develop a guide on how entertainment venues can prepare for people with disabilities." No, this is backwards..., why should society have to bend to the ways of the one..., no, you prepare the one to fit in to society. I am tired of my rights being trampled because you think you are special, you are different, NOT special.

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yumagirlJun. 20, 13 8:20 AM

Hmm-so, Andersod 62, what if it was your child that was disabled? You'd be OK with never being able to take them out in a public place? Are you in favor of shutting them away in an institution so no one would have so see or hear them? How would you feel about that?

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firefly70Jun. 23, 13 3:01 AM

I can understand both sides of this dilemma. If a family spends $30-$40 to attend a movie (just for tickets, and then more money on snacks/drinks) and is not able to enjoy the movie because someone is being loud enough and disruptive enough to cause them to keep turning around to see who's making the noise, that would be frustrating. However, I can also feel for the parent(s) who want to be able to take their child to see a kid's movie and be able to enjoy the same types of activities other kids can enjoy. They need to find a balance where neither side is having their freedoms/rights being subjected to the wants/needs of the other side. Clearly this particular theatre doesn't have a "sensory-friendly family day" where parents with kids who are affected by developmental disabilities can see family-oriented movies at discounted prices/free. Like some theatres in Minnesota already do, they should have this type of activity where parents can bring their kids without worrying if their children are being disruptive to other movie patrons.

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