October 12, 2016
A Montgomery County mother is speaking out after her 5-year-old autistic son's crying resulted in the family's removal from a Friendly's restaurant in Pottstown.
Teri Lyn Jensen-Sellers took her son Lind, who is partially nonverbal, to the restaurant on Shoemaker Road in Pottstown on Saturday afternoon with the boy's brother, according to WFMZ-69.
After the family was seated, the child began to cry for about seven minutes before a manager reportedly visited the table and told Jensen-Sellers she had to leave.
"People are looking at you," Jensen-Sellers said the manager told her. "Your child is crying excessively. You have to leave."
Jensen-Sellers said she wants an apology from the company and to raise awareness of the struggles faced by families who are raising children on the spectrum.
In a statement, Friendly's corporate office told the news station that the company is "aware of the unfortunate circumstances" that occurred in Pottstown over the weekend and had reached out to Sellers-Jenson about the incident. As of Wednesday evening, Jensen-Sellers said she had not been contacted.