Wednesday, 10 April 2013

An Avoidable Death

Robert Ethan Saylor.

I am sure some of you know who I am talking about when I say his name.  Probably mostly those already apart of the Down Syndrome community.  For those of you who do not know who Robert Ethan Saylor is, I will fill you in.

Ethan was a 26 year old man.  Ethan also happened to rock an extra chromosome like our sweet Stella

On January 12 of this year Ethan went to the movies with his aid/friend to see Zero Thirty.  When the movie ended, his aid went to go and get the car. Ethan went back into the theatre because he wanted to see the movie again.

The movie theatre manager asked him to leave as he had not bought another ticket.

"On January 12 of this year 26 year-old Ethan Saylor (he has Down syndrome) went to a Maryland movie theater to see the movie Zero Dark Thirty; Ethan was accompanied by a caregiver. After the movie the caregiver went to get the car at which point Ethan went back in the theater because he wanted to watch the movie again. The theater manager asked Ethan to leave but he would not. The manager requested the help of three mall security guards (all three were off-duty county sheriff deputies).
According to reports Ethan, usually a happy individual, became agitated when the guards approached and one of them touched him. When the security guards saw Ethan’s response the other two joined the first and when they were done he was lying on his stomach with his hands cuffed behind him. It was there on the ground that Ethan died from asphyxiation"Treyton's Posse - The Death of Robert Ethan Saylor is Terrifying For The Down Syndrome Community

Here is another blog post by another blogger who gives the details of what happened to Ethan.With a Little Moxie: Robert Ethan Saylor 'What Happened'

Ethan's death was 100% avoidable.

The perpetrators got only a slap on the hand.

Ethan did NOT die because he had Down Syndrome (as one report has eluded to)

Ethan was a person.

Ethan was loved.

Ethan deserved compassion.

Ethan deserved empathy.

Ethan deserved understanding.

Ethan deserved patience.

Ethan received NONE OF THE ABOVE.

There is currently no outside investigation going on.


This is about human rights.  Please read another blog post from: With A Little Moxie

This event affects all of us in the Down Syndrome Community no matter where we live.  Stella will one day be 26.  She will one day go to the movies, or somewhere else without me.

I expect her to be treated with kindness, compassion, empathy, understanding, patience and respect JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.  The thought of something like this happening to her, causes great anxiety and fear in my soul.

I am joining my voice and am asking you all to sign this petition to help get justice for Ethan.


Don't turn away.  I know that this doesn't effect everyone directly, but this is about a human being who is not getting the justice he deserves.


1 comment:

  1. Exactly, "don't turn away"! Thank you for spreading the word.