Parents who take children to horror movies

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Whitney Lahann

Oklahoma City, OK

#1 Jan 17, 2009
Hello,

My name is Whitney Lahann and I experienced something that truly disturbed me and numerous onlookers. This evening, Saturday January 17th, my husband and I attended a showing of the new 3D horror movie, My Bloody Valentine, at AMC theaters at 5:40pm. After viewing the EXTREMELY violent and gruesome movie, there were many rumblings amongst the crowd when exiting the theater about children being present.

I couldn't believe there were children in the audience after my husband assured me he saw them. We stood outside the doors and watched a mother with her children walk out of the theater. The mother had at least three children, possibly four, ranging in age from 4 yrs old to 14. This movie contained content including multiple violent murders, attacks, and an extended full frontal nudity sex/murder scene.

After the mother and oldest daughter noticed people were gawking at them, including myself, the family became defensive. After the oldest daughter and mother announced they could watch any movie they wanted I responded with a comment on the inappropriate nature of the movie for a 4 year old. The oldest daughter responded saying "that is why we have a black president" and that is why they are allowed as African Americans to go to this movie with a 4 year old. The argument irrupted at this point and was eventually broken up by police and security guards after the two oldest daughters were pushing and threatening me and my husband.

This situation is 100% preventable and should NEVER occur! Children who are exposed to such irresponsible parenting are extremely predisposition to many problems in the future. I hope that this poor parenting can be exposed to the public. These children are completely innocent and should be advocated for by adults who truly care for their well-being. I'm positive there are many witnesses and even surveillance footage that would be incredibly intriguing to the public.
SO SAD

United States

#2 Jan 18, 2009
I would venture to say the mother with the children was black.
Then they wonder why there are so many killings, violence and crime among blacks.
I thought maybe a black president might make the black population more civilized but I am now inclined to believe it just made them worse.
Big Bottoms

Columbus, OH

#3 Feb 10, 2009
horror films are an art form and everyone has the right to observe art
Freedom Of Speech

Muskogee, OK

#4 Feb 10, 2009
Whitney Lahann wrote:
Hello,
My name is Whitney Lahann and I experienced something that truly disturbed me and numerous onlookers. This evening, Saturday January 17th, my husband and I attended a showing of the new 3D horror movie, My Bloody Valentine, at AMC theaters at 5:40pm. After viewing the EXTREMELY violent and gruesome movie, there were many rumblings amongst the crowd when exiting the theater about children being present.
I couldn't believe there were children in the audience after my husband assured me he saw them. We stood outside the doors and watched a mother with her children walk out of the theater. The mother had at least three children, possibly four, ranging in age from 4 yrs old to 14. This movie contained content including multiple violent murders, attacks, and an extended full frontal nudity sex/murder scene.
After the mother and oldest daughter noticed people were gawking at them, including myself, the family became defensive. After the oldest daughter and mother announced they could watch any movie they wanted I responded with a comment on the inappropriate nature of the movie for a 4 year old. The oldest daughter responded saying "that is why we have a black president" and that is why they are allowed as African Americans to go to this movie with a 4 year old. The argument irrupted at this point and was eventually broken up by police and security guards after the two oldest daughters were pushing and threatening me and my husband.
This situation is 100% preventable and should NEVER occur! Children who are exposed to such irresponsible parenting are extremely predisposition to many problems in the future. I hope that this poor parenting can be exposed to the public. These children are completely innocent and should be advocated for by adults who truly care for their well-being. I'm positive there are many witnesses and even surveillance footage that would be incredibly intriguing to the public.
Personally, I would not take my children to see such a movie, but I try to keep in mind that God did not leave me in charge of the ethics of others. You must have been very obvious, in showing your disapproval, for this family to even notice, let alone become defensive. And, now you want the public to watch "surveillance footage that would be incredibly intriguing"???? To what purpose? Are one of those "do-gooders" that loves a good "witch hunt"?
Mother who gets it

Tulsa, OK

#5 Apr 27, 2011
Big Bottoms wrote:
horror films are an art form and everyone has the right to observe art
Those who have the ability to understand what they are about to witness do. Toddlers who do not have the capacity to make a decision like this should not be exposed to such violence. Horror films are rated for a reason. Toddlers and small children should not be forced by a parent to view them.
You must not have children, nor have any clue what is appropriate for a toddler to view. Extreme violence is not something a small child should witness. And when they are crying because it is scary... well, maybe then you will get a clue. I can't think of one toddler who would want to see a movie like that, so in this situation, the parents were taking about the child's rights to take full advantage of this "right" you believe we all have.
Whitney Lahann

Tulsa, OK

#6 Apr 27, 2011
Freedom Of Speech wrote:
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Personally, I would not take my children to see such a movie, but I try to keep in mind that God did not leave me in charge of the ethics of others. You must have been very obvious, in showing your disapproval, for this family to even notice, let alone become defensive. And, now you want the public to watch "surveillance footage that would be incredibly intriguing"???? To what purpose? Are one of those "do-gooders" that loves a good "witch hunt"?
The only point I was trying to make about witnessing it through surveillance footage it to see the abuse that took place. I am a trained school counselor and an advocate for children like this. The experience these children had is alarming. If the mother felt comfortable enough to take a toddler to a movie like this, it is highly plausible there are other forms of abuse going on in this family system. The movie was extremely violence, scary, and extremely inappropriate for small children. The mother chose to make her small children watch the entire movie. This shows poor judgement and an utter lack of concern for her child's well-being. In my experience, this often trickles into other areas of the family system which is classified as abuse.

My point is that small children need advocates and parents who are responsible. Parents should not expose children INTENTIONALLY to something that is going to harm them. The mother intentionally exposed the child to such a horrific film.
True Spirit of OK

United States

#7 Apr 27, 2011
Whitney Lahann wrote:
<quoted text>
The only point I was trying to make about witnessing it through surveillance footage it to see the abuse that took place. I am a trained school counselor and an advocate for children like this. The experience these children had is alarming. If the mother felt comfortable enough to take a toddler to a movie like this, it is highly plausible there are other forms of abuse going on in this family system. The movie was extremely violence, scary, and extremely inappropriate for small children. The mother chose to make her small children watch the entire movie. This shows poor judgement and an utter lack of concern for her child's well-being. In my experience, this often trickles into other areas of the family system which is classified as abuse.
My point is that small children need advocates and parents who are responsible. Parents should not expose children INTENTIONALLY to something that is going to harm them. The mother intentionally exposed the child to such a horrific film.
Maybe you would've preferred them seeing a porn movie. The action's pretty much watered down like the beer in Oklahoma but, hey, there's always a happy ending!

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