Posted: September 26, 2018

Woman scolds girl, 8, with special needs for cheering too loudly at Astros game


By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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But one Houston Astros fan believed that a young girl sitting behind her was being a little too loud and sternly told her so.

That grumpiness has gone viral, particularly after the crestfallen look of 8-year-old Chloe Beaver went viral after the exchange was caught on video, KTRK reported.

Chloe has Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, her mother, Monica Beaver, told the Star-Telegram of Fort Worth. The condition means that Chloe is unable to comprehend emotions greater than that of a toddler, KRIV reported.

As an outlet, Chloe enjoys going to Astros games and has attended six games this year -- three of them last week, KRIV reported.

“We don’t get to yell and holler at home,” Monica Beaver told KTRK. “It’s one of the things she likes. It’s a way to express her emotions.”
Monica Beaver was filming her daughter cheering just before the start of the fifth inning and did not realize the fan had scolded Chloe until moments later.

"(She made me feel) a little bit guilty 'cause I'm annoying and nobody says that to me," Chloe told KTRK.

"I should have seen that immediately and I didn't and it's just heartbreaking," Monica Beaver said.

In the video, Chloe can be seen nodding “yes” to the woman who scolded her, the Star-Telegram reported. When her father asks, “What did she say to you?” Chloe says “I don’t want to,” according to the video.

“If you have an issue with somebody's children, talk to the parent. Not the child,” Monica Beaver told KRIV.

"I mean, you don't know what anybody's going through. I mean, we were telling them throughout some of the innings if they were getting loud and between innings and before the game, 'Hey, let's wait till they start going out on the field," Joe Beaver, Chloe's father, told the television station. "But you're at a stadium. You're supposed to be loud. You're supposed to cheer your team on. I've never watched a game on TV where it's not loud and you don't hear everything in the audience. You get loud and if you don't want to be at a loud area, don't go to the game.” 
At least one Astros player -- pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. -- has come to Chloe’s defense and has encouraged her to keep cheering.

“Chloe, don’t you EVER stop cheering!” McCullers tweeted. “ I would love for you to cheer us on, as LOUD as you can, during ALDS Game 1 in MMP (Minute Maid Park)! I would be honored to leave you a ticket!”


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Woman scolds girl, 8, with special needs for cheering too loudly at Astros game

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Woman scolds girl, 8, with special needs for cheering too loudly at Astros game

Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. encouraged a young fan to keep cheering and offered her a playoff ticket.

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