Special needs girl asked to leave movie theater for disruptive behavior

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LOS ANGELES — A California mother claimed her family was kicked out of an AMC movie theater because of her special-needs daughter’s laughter.

The Schreurs family took 10-year-old Destiny to see “The Fault in Our Stars” at the AMC in Puente Hills, Calif., on Monday night, KPTV reported.

About 20 minutes into the film, Marji Schreurs said family members were approached by a theater employee who asked them to keep the girl quite, KPTV reported.

“She wasn’t screaming,” Schreurs said. “She wasn’t having a meltdown. She was laughing.”

After exchanging words with the manager, Schreurs said the family was asked to leave.

AMC Theatres’ spokesman Ryan Noonan issued a statement to KTLA regarding the incident.

“On Monday evening, a theatre manager received complaints from two guests about disruptive behavior during a movie. The manager stepped into the auditorium to observe the situation, identified prolonged disruptive behavior, waited to see if the behavior would cease, and when it did not, approached the guests. The manager explained our policy about making noise that disrupts others during the movie. At that time the guest asked for a refund, which was provided.”


10-year-old Destiny was kicked out of a movie theater for alleged disruptive behavior.


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  • Ok Now What

    Why was a 10 yr old child taken to see that movie anyway? As a moviegoer, I’m paying to see a movie. If I can’t hear nor see it, I have the right to complain to the appropriate people. If you have a child who is not going to be able to sit quietly and behave during a public event, get a sitter or wait for it on Redbox. No sympathy from me.

  • pam

    People with disabeled children no what there children are like and should have respect for other people.I see children that are so disruptive, and parents do nothing. I am the mother of a disabled child who committed suicide,get tired of stupid people

    • jeff

      "Know" and "their" are the words you need in your first sentence. Before you call others stupid make sure you proof read your posts.