Mom With Special Needs, 'Giggling' Son Asked To Leave Leave Movie Theater After Noise Complaint

Rob Hart
April 15, 2019 - 10:14 am
Jennifer Daly and her son, Jonathan

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A mother took to social media after she and her two sons were asked to leave a movie theater because other moviegoers complained that her disabled son was making too much noise.  

Jennifer Daly is a mother of two boys. Her 3-year-old son, Jonathan has a rare form of dwarfism. He needs to be taken around in a wheelchair fitted with medical equipment. He can't talk, but he is animated and makes sounds.

Daly said she took both her sons on Friday night to see a showing of "Dumbo" at the AMC theater in Lake in the Hills.

Daly tells CBS 2 that Jonathan was enjoying the movie when they were asked to leave.

"[They said> we had a complaint that a baby was crying and it is a noise disturbance and disrupting others. I'm like seriously? He was laughing," she said.

She said Jonathan thought the movie was hilarious. 

"Certain things just make him kind of giggle, and he thought it was funny. It was cute,” Daly said.

But, the group was asked to leave.

“We didn’t even get a warning,” she told CBS 2. “It’s sad, honestly. I don’t know how else to put it.”

Daly took to Facebook to address her feelings about the incident. The post received more than 5,900 shares, 4,500 comments, and 8,300 reactions. 

In an emailed statement, AMC said theater management offered Daly a refund and the option to attend a private show or a sensory friendly screening. 

“Disruptive behavior is not permitted during a movie. An AMC manager received multiple reports from guests about an ongoing disruption. The manager offered several options, including relocating the family and offering a private show. The guest received a refund, but declined all other options offered.”

Daly said she doesn't want anything other than for people to be kinder and see life from someone else's perspective.