The NCAAP organized a rally to protest a local restaurant on Saturday after a father claimed his 9-year-old special needs daughter was mistreated by employees there.
About 50 protesters picketed outside the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant located on Cumberland Boulevard in Smyrna. The protesters included parents from a special needs parents group and civil rights activists.
Mark Eschoe said he took his daughter, Marley, to Chuck E. Cheese to attend a children's birthday party back in May. Eschoe said his daughter had just gotten out of the hospital after suffering two strokes caused by brain aneurysms. The strokes left the child with minor brain damage but she can walk with minimal assistance.
“We were there for about 20 minutes when she finally said, ‘Hey Daddy, I have to go to the bathroom,’” Eschoe told Channel 2 Action News.