Girl With Special Needs Thrown Out Of Theatre For Giggling Too Loudly

14/08/2014 16:51 | Updated 22 May 2015

Special needs girl, thrown out of Beauty and The Beast for giggling too loudly

A mother has said she and her daughter who has special needs were thrown out of a theatre because the five-year-old was giggling and humming too loudly.

Samantha Torres had taken her daughter Nadia to see Beauty and the Beast.

Once the show began, Nadia, who has a chromosome abnormality and is unable to speak, started laughing and giggling - a sign she was enjoying the show, her mum said.

Although no one around them was put off by the sounds, staff made her leave, Samantha told her local paper in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.

"They did not ask me to leave; they told me I had to leave," Samantha said.

It was the little girl's first trip to the theatre.

However, Providence Performing Arts Center staff insisted they acted properly and offered the family different seats, rather than telling them to leave.

Marketing Director P.J. Prokop said the theatre has a responsibility to ensure everyone can hear the show, but audience members 'were turning around, they were looking, they were also kind of gesturing', she said.

But Samantha insisted only the ushers were bothered by her daughter. She now wants the centre to carry out sensitivity training for its ushers.

She is also working with Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council to help develop a guide on how venues can prepare for people with disabilities.

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