Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Laughing Teen Kicked Out Of "Pink Panther" Screening ...


According to Florida's Channel 6, the mother of a disabled teen has complained to the American Civil Liberties Union after she and her son were kicked out of a movie theater because he was laughing 'too loud'.

Susan Brown said she and her 19-year-old son, Matt, were asked to leave an AMC Woodlands 20 theater during a showing of The Pink Panther Sunday.

An AMC spokeswoman said several patrons complained about the teen's outbursts.

Susan Brown said her son has 'Angelman' syndrome, a neurological disorder that impairs a person's ability to speak and maintain balance. The disorder also affects mental development and can prompt excessive laughter and seizures.

"Here's a child that was laughing at a comedy," she said. "His way of expressing delight and joy at this movie was laughing, but because his communication technique got in the way of someone else's space, he had to leave."

Brown, 46, said her son laughed at all the funny parts of the movie.

But, she added, "He also laughed at some parts that others didn't find so funny."