Students With Special Needs Turned Away, Denied Service At Bath & Bodyworks


A Bath & Body Works store in a 2010 photo.(AP Photo/LM Otero)

A special needs class in Chesterfield, MO was turned away from a Bath and Body Works store at a local mall while on a field trip.

The teens, who are all students at Fort Zumwalt North High School in Chesterfield, were engaged in a scavenger hunt throughout the mall that teachers arranged to help the students strengthen their life and social skills. Principal Joe Sutton says, according to KSDK News, that the trip had been going well and proceeding without incident, until the group attempted to enter Bath and Body Works.

A Bath & Body Works store in a 2010 photo.(AP Photo/LM Otero)
A Bath & Body Works store in a 2010 photo.(AP Photo/LM Otero)

“The manager of the store said that he didn’t want to serve us,” Sutton says. “He was fairly certain that our kids weren’t there to purchase and as a result he would prefer we didn’t come in. So, he didn’t allow two or three groups of kids to come in.”

The manager was apparently concerned that sensors at the stores entrance, which correspond to sales numbers, would show that the group was not there to buy anything and that sales figures for the day would suffer as a result.



 Sutton and the school, however, believe that the students faced discrimination when they attempted to enter the store. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, special education teacher Casey Brown shared her frustration via Facebook following the incident.

“In this day and age, it is downright disgusting that anyone with special needs would be treated in such manner,” special education teacher Casey Brown wrote on Facebook on Thursday.

Since then, Brown has received an email with an apology from the regional manager, who said they are addressing the problem.

Source: Opposing Views





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