Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,
Yesterday, I attended the large rally at EKU with a friend who is disabled. The treatment of the disabled trying to get into the building was heartless, cruel, and possibly illegal.

It was a capacity crowd, so of course we expected that it would take time to get in, but there was no signage or anyone to help us or find the accessible entrance. After basically pushing our way through the crowd, we found the accessible entrance and got in a line with at least 35 people in wheelchairs and with other disabilities. The line literally did not move for at least an hour and a half. It was bitterly cold, so I went forward to find out what was going on. There was another line coming from the opposite direction, but this line was steadily moving along. I was told that was the VIP line, and I could see the badges as they were giving them out. I pointed out that our line was filled with disabled people who were suffering in the cold, but I was told that the problem was caused by converging lines. However, only one of the converging lines was moving, and when I pointed that out, I was told that he was only doing what he was told to do. Another usher told me that there were disabled people in the VIP line, although I saw only a man walking with cane during the whole time, and I had a good view of the door. I spoke to another usher who looked apologetic, and said he was trying to a sneak in a couple people in wheel chairs when no one was looking.

Finally, I would like to mention that was a large sign on the wall saying Accessible Entrance, not VIP entrance. In my view, this was a cruel and preventable violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and I expect the EKU President to issue a public acknowledgement and apology.

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