Dear Mr. Gamel,
I am a mom to three wonderful but unfortunately not perfect children. Last night, December 2, I took my children to the movies to watch a Children's Movie. We proudly paid for all four of us to go enjoy this evening. My 6yo was so excited to see this movie. My 2yo was excited but fell asleep about 10 minutes into the movie. My 1yo learned an awesome new phrase. No. No she would not sit in her chair, no she would not stand beside me. Trying to be respectful of other patrons I went to the back of the theater. Yes, I got up with her 2-3 times. Removing my 2yo and 6yo at this point would have caused a much larger commotion. Unable to leave my children unsupervised in the theater I went to the back just out the door so I could peek back at the other two.
Upon exiting the theater the third time, I was verbally attacked. This lady came out of now where and was right in my face stating that maybe my child was scared. She stated that this was not a kids film which it was. Mustering all the grace I could while dealing with the frustration, humiliation from this lady and the already agitated toddler in my arms, I apologized. I tried three times to kindly apologize. She would not let me get a simple I am sorry out of my mouth with out berating me again and again. As she left, I crumbled into a huge mass of tears.
Reflecting back on this past evening I realized that this lady was just a bully. Unfortunately there are even adults who are bullies, preying on people in a weak moment. Normally I would let this go with no recognition; however, this is a member of the Mason High School Faculty. Is this acceptable behavior for someone who instructs our youth? Are our children subject to this kind of bullying? I am sorry that my child might have interrupted her movie experience last evening, but it was a CHILDREN'S MOVIE. Children are unpredictable and unscripted. Please refrain from watching a children's movie at the theater if you can not handle families with small children who might make noise.
To the caring staff at the Odeon Theater. Thank you for bringing family movies that I can take my children to enjoy. Thank you for always making us feel welcome. The Odeon is a treasure that our little town is blessed to have!