A family claims they were asked to leave a Huntington, W.Va. movie theater after a patron complained about the loud breathing of their 12-year-old daughter, who has special needs
According to The News Center, Charlie’s parents were asked to leave because she was making too much noise. Apparently, Charlie is a victim of the shaken baby syndrome which rendered her quadriplegic and blind.
Charlie’s parents, Shannon Davis and her wife Gina have four adopted children. They adopted 12-year-old Charlie four years ago.
On Saturday night, the family went to see Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom at the Huntington Mall Cinemark.
“She loves to go to the movies,” Shannon said. “It’s her favorite thing because they offer audio described headsets.”
Shannon says they were seated in the handicap section, and a man was sitting directly in front of them.
“She can’t talk, so she wasn’t vocalizing or yelling, but she was breathing fast,” Shannon said. “She was very excited to get to do her favorite thing.”
She says the man seated in front of them complained to the manager that the girl was making too much noise.
About 30 minutes into the movie, an employee came into the theater and told them they needed to leave.
“He said her breathing was too much for everybody I guess and we needed to leave,” Shannon said. “It broke my heart.”
The parents say they were offered a refund and to come back for a private screening, but they say that is not good enough.
“We just want the precedent set and maybe for them to teach their employees how to handle the situation better in the future,” Shannon said.