LORAIN, OH (WOIO) – Did the library stomp on the civil rights of a seven-year-old boy because of a medical condition he can’t help?
His family thinks so and is now outraged.
The boy has tourettes and his story could break new legal ground and actually set a legal precedent.
Seven-year old Patrick Quillen suffers from tourettes, a neurological disorder that in its mild stages seen here causes people to sometimes make loud clicking noises.
Patrick’s clicks caused problems Wednesday while he was in this library on a computer.
“I wish I was normal,” Patrick Quillen.
Now people with tourettes are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“This library is a public building and according to the Americans with Disabilities Act disabled Americans cannot be denied access to these places and if they are well then their civil rights might be violated.”
So question now is did personnel here tell Patrick and his mother they had to leave the library?
“I left willingly.”
Patrick’s mother says a librarian here told her son he could not use the computer because his clicks were too disruptive for the other kids.
“I was making my neurological “tick” noise and I was told I have to get kicked off the computer.”
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