|Published:||Sep 09, 2010 5:59 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 09, 2010 2:59 PM EDT|
NORTH CAROLINA - A sign asking for quiet is creating a lot of noise in North Carolina. The owner of Olde Salty's Restaurant has put up a sign that reads, "Screaming children will not be tolerated."
One mother said the restaurant is discriminating against her son, who has autism and is sometimes noisy.
"I will be my son's voice. Just like Rosa Parks. I'm not getting out of my seat."
This story is all about a seat Kelly Chambliss says her autistic son is not allowed to sit in.
"She said that your son could not come here. It was very crystal clear."
Chambliss is talking about Brenda Armes. She put signs up at her restaurant that read, "Screaming children will not be tolerated." The two confronted each other about three weeks ago after Chambliss noticed the sign, which she thought was a joke.
"She said, "I have an autistic child and you are singling them out." and I said, "Autism is not a word on that sign, ma'm." "She looked at me and said, "I can't believe you even take him in public. You must be the only one who does."
Chambliss believes that what Armes is doing is downright illegal and violates the American with Disabilities Act.
"I really think she needs to meet some of these kids. I think she needs to have an opportunity to see that they are awesome, and please don't shut them out because they don't fit in the perfect box everyone wants them in."
It doesn't look like Armes plans on doing that anytime soon, since she says she doesn't discriminate.
"I don't understand why she would be offended with the sign to start with. Just because mother nature gave her an autistic child or God, it's something she has to deal with... and I think she's really upset because that's what she was handed in life and I feel sorry for her. That's her problem. Sorry."
A debate that started over the level of noise in one establishment is only getting louder.
Armes points out no one will be kicked out, only asked to step outside until their child calms down.