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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A Springfield movie theater is getting a lot of backlash after kicking out a mother and her son, who has a disability, for being too loud during a movie this weekend.
Brenda Branton posted on Facebook Saturday about the incident, and she and her son Sam have received an outpouring of support from a majority of the community. As of Monday, her post had received nearly 9,000 reactions and had more than 11,000 shares.
On Branton's Facebook page, she says they were watching Deadpool 2 for Sam’s birthday and were kicked out because people were complaining about Sam making "too many happy noises."
She said she was heartbroken when that happened. The Branton family did not want to comment for this story, but people on social media are now weighing in on the post that is going viral.
Many people showed compassion for the family.
Erica Robertson commented on the post, "This hurts my soul! Why are people so ugly hearted!”
But others saw a different side. Louise Ritchie commented, "If his happy sounds were disturbing other people they were right to complain. His enjoyment should not be at the expense of other people's ability to hear the movie that they too paid to see."
KEZI reached out to Cinemark 17 about the incident.
"On Saturday during the screening of a movie, we received numerous complaints from guests in the auditorium related to many loud, disruptive noises coming from a customer with special needs,” a spokesperson with the movie theater said. “The guest and his companion were given a full refund and invited back for a future visit. We continue to reach out to the family to discuss different options and opportunities that will enable them to enjoy movies in the future in our theater."
Branton posted on her Facebook Sunday that the movie theater Broadway Metro will have a private screening of Deadpool 2 for their friends and family.