September 23, 2021
With a red face of fury, a woman had a shockingly aggressive reaction to autistic children at a restaurant. Many were beyond enraged, labeling her as ableist and discriminatory.
A TikTok user, @bamskye2426, shared a video of what some deemed a "Karen" attacking her over her and her companion's children. The mother implied in the overlay text that this accusation that her children were misbehaving is false.
In the clip, viewers could see the aggravated individual engaging in a heated argument with the TikToker. @bamskye2426's overlay text read that the woman expressed her belief that autistic children were not meant to be in that space, which was dive diner.
This lady that the TikTok user was in an altercation with asked if she was taking a video of her, to which she answered affirmatively; the said "Karen" responded that it was good because she was right. Some of the TikToker's overlay text read:
"Also note the kids aren't yelling she is, the kids didn't leave the table to bother anyone, she did. No one had a fit except her."
@bamskye2426 expressed that the children were only talking among one another and laughing. She also informed her viewers that the angry woman purportedly then went to insist on getting free food.
A seeming majority of the comment section sided with the mother. Many expressed that the individual she filmed was behaving completely inappropriately, with a lot of individuals accusing her of discrimination against the autistic community.
This effectively means they can push LGBTQ+ individuals out of these spaces.
Some hypothesized that she is a scam artist, using this method to get meals for free. However, some believed that the woman was well within her rights to be upset.
Responding to these naysayers, the mom put up a clip of her kids, Miley and Bentley enjoying their time at the dive diner without disturbing anyone. The pair sat smiling in their secure chairs as they giggled and tickled one another.
The TikToker expanded on her reasoning in another follow-up video.@bamskye2426 claimed that her children were displaying better behavior than the woman who confronted her.
The mother claimed that Miley and Bentley did not leave their table, nor, the TikTok user expressed, did they disturb individuals at any other table.
The angry individual's reaction to the kids could have resulted from a misunderstanding of autism and autistic children in general, which is that they are generally badly behaved. North East Autism Society states:
"Often times what’s perceived as naughty is a set of behaviors in response to sensory changes."
Sensory changes refer to when an ASD individual may experience a situation in which their sensitivity to sensory input takes over. This may lead to sensory overload, which can present itself as a meltdown.
The seeming idea that certain individuals should not be allowed into specific places isn't unique. In Australia, using a legal loophole and their beliefs as a rationale, religious educational institutions can be prejudiced against employees.
This effectively means they can push LGBTQ+ individuals out of these spaces. However, there is a proposed reform in the state of Victoria that, if implemented, would ban religious schools from kicking out staff based on their sexual or gender identity.
Many faith-based institutions are against this proposal, claiming that it would take away their religious rights. As these contentious issues continue to be debated, the doors of restaurants and schools remain revolving.
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