When Emily got home from school, her parents had a huge surprise. They were going to take her to the opening night of Avengers: Endgame.
Like most teens in the US, the 15-year-old from Oklahoma is absolutely obsessed with the Marvel movies and couldn’t wait to see how the saga would end.
Emily has Tourette’s syndrome and exhibits a variety of vocal tics, like squawks and grunts. The tics can come on suddenly, but she’s sometimes able to control or temper them.
The movie theater states it does not permit disruptive noises during showings. Emily made sure to try and let her tics out before the previews started.
But before the movie even began, a manager approached Emily’s mom, Tina, and asked her to step out into the hallway.
The manager claimed at least nine people had been complaining about Emily’s loud noises. Tina assured the manager that Emily would be quiet as soon as the movie started and was trying her best to suppress the sounds.
The family says the staff still suggested it would be best if they left the theater altogether — but Tina refused in defense of her daughter.
The unwanted attention only made Emily even more anxious, which made her tics more frequent and intense…