An 8-year-old girl with special needs was scolded at a baseball game for being too loud—and people are righteously outraged.
Chloe Beaver was cheering at an Astros game in Houston on Sunday when a woman in a row in front of her turned around and yelled at her for being too loud, saying to her, “enough!”
Chloe sufferes from disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), which means she is unable to understand emotions beyond a toddler’s level, according to her mother, Monica Beaver.
Monica posted a video of the incident on Facebook (she didn’t know she’d caught the moment on camera until after the game).
This is my 8 year old daughter, Chloe. She has attended 3 games this past week with her family! What is sad about this whole thing is Chloe has DMDD (disruptive mood dysregulation disorder) which pretty much means she cant comprehending emotions greater than that of a toddlers emotions… She was cheering and “distracting the other team” this woman in the row in front of her told her “enough” because she was too loud. This poor baby shut down. Completely defeated and refused to cheer the remainder of the game (5 innings) in fear she would get in trouble by this lady again! She is a HUGE Altuve fan and has been there trying to cheer her home team on! And now she may not want to go back. This was a big step for her and her family. To find an outlet for her to positively express herself and now because of a stranger that may have been ruined!
Commenters on Facebook condemned the woman’s action’s:
Houston pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. came to the girl’s defense, offering encouraging words and a free playoff ticket:
— Lance McCullers Jr. (@LMcCullers43) September 26, 2018
Commenters on Twitter also unleashed their fury:
How wrong is it for me to hope that lady gets hit in the throat with a foul ball?
— Justifiable Homicide (@JustifiableH) September 26, 2018
Some humans need their own miserable planet to live in! Ughhhh estupida! Idiota!
— IC777 (@iriscali3) September 27, 2018
Special needs is the woman and not the child. Nice gesture from Houston player.
— pat romanelli (@RomanelliPat) September 26, 2018
Terrible. She feels so bad. She can’t cheer? Wtf bitter Betty over there needs to focus on her life
— Fake Alias (@fakealias1) September 26, 2018
That woman should be blacklisted from every MLB park and be damn glad that she didn't yell at my kid.
— Dave (@DavetheYak) September 26, 2018
Commenters were dumbfounded that this happened at a baseball game, an event where if you’re not cheering, people might think something is wrong with you:
I work with special needs kids. I'm sorry but that's what game are for/about to cheer on your team.
— Mark Cardenas (@Mark_Rey_C) September 27, 2018
Cheering too loud!?? Why she even goes to a live game!? Stay home and lower your tv volume. I people is just so rude.
— Lorena G (@lorenanewyork) September 26, 2018
Omg. Really. It's a fuckin game. What was the girl supposed to be a pantomime at a sports event? If the lady wanted to watch the game quietly, she should've watched it at her house.
— JaNay (@janayonit) September 27, 2018
Let’s hope this one woman doesn’t deter Chloe from cheering at Astros games in the future.