Posted by Phil Andrews
We fielded a lot of community input in connection with the recent story of a group of developmentally disabled citizens reporting being turned away from a Guelph restaurant.
We have also received feedback about an editorial that was published in relation to the episode.
Here is a sample of commentary that references both the news coverage and the editorial.
I read your editorial on the incident at the Royal City Restaurant and found it disturbing also. If the restaurant was treated unfairly by the "amateur citizen journalism" why did you print the story in your newspaper? You printed the owner's derogatory remarks about special needs people scooping the food up with their hands, making noises etc. so if the restaurant was treated unfairly, perhaps you should have dug into the story a little deeper.
I agree there is likely a language barrier and perhaps a misunderstanding but the owner's remarks, quoted by your newspaper, seem to speak volumes about attitudes towards special needs persons.
I am involved with the handicapped on a weekly basis and have a special needs son so the remarks made by the restaurant owner were insulting.
Your paper wrote the article, quoted his remarks, so your editorial doesn't hold credibility with most parents and people who care for these folks on a daily basis.