Mum with Down’s syndrome left in tears after thugs verbally abuse her and her kids

Two thugs bullied a mum with Down’s Syndrome and her children at a Vue cinema.

Gemma Seymour-Williams took Emily, 10, and Alfie, 11, to watch Avengers: Endgame this week but was left in tears after the “disgusting” men verbally abused her.

The mum’s niece Amy Seymour-Williams, who wasn’t at the cinema, told Plymouth Live the bullies “constantly kicked the back of their seats and called them names” during the lengthy screening.

Amy said: “If the customers really did not want any interruptions they should not have gone at a time when they knew children would be home from school.

“My auntie just left it and left it.

“After the film, they were calling Gemma names, it was pure verbal abuse at her.

“The girls were very upset.”

Gemma’s sister Debbie, at the screening with two other kids, confronted the men at the end of the film.

But they continued their torment – and it left Gemma visibly traumatised.

Amy added: “They replied with more abuse. The altercation lasted ten or 15 minutes.

“It resulted in my auntie who has Down’s syndrome having to stand outside the cinema with the children trying to console her while she was in tears.

“I rang the cinema that night. I put in a complaint.”

The family are now fearful of returning to the cinema in East End, Plymouth.

“It doesn’t feel like a safe place anymore.

“We honestly thought today’s society was better than shouting verbal abuse at a lady with Down’s syndrome.

It is just appalling that we thought the cinema was a safe place to take her and the children obviously not so safe when things like this happen,” Amy, of Efford, Plymouth, added.

A Vue Cinema spokesman said: “We always strive to ensure our customers enjoy their experience at Vue.

“We have been in touch with Amy to discuss her visit and as with all customers, will work hard to make sure that she is able to enjoy future visits to Vue.”