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Autistic mom says she was ‘threatened’ and ‘body shamed’ by Six Flags police over ‘too short’ shorts

An autistic mother has alleged that she was ‘body shamed’ and ‘threatened’ by a park manager and police officer over the length of her shorts at Frontier City, a Six Flags theme park in Oklahoma City.

Bailey Breedlove from Colorado shared a video of the altercation with the female officer about her ‘too short’ shorts on Facebook and TikTok, where it has gone viral, after visiting the park on April 30 with her 11-year-old daughter, who was brought to tears over the confrontation.    

‘My experience there was traumatizing,’ the mom wrote in her post, explaining that she and her family were welcomed into the park at 5 p.m. without any issue until a few hours later. 

Scary: Bailey Breedlove from Colorado visited Frontier City, a Six Flags theme park in Oklahoma City, on April 30, where she said she was confronted by police

Sharing her story: The mother shared a video of the altercation with the female officer about her outfit on Facebook and TikTok, where it has gone viral

Sharing her story: The mother shared a video of the altercation with the female officer about her outfit on Facebook and TikTok, where it has gone viral

Sharing her story: The mother shared a video of the altercation with the female officer about her outfit on Facebook and TikTok, where it has gone viral

Confrontation: In her post, she claimed that her 11-year-old daughter was 'yelled at by a park police officer' for rolling down a hill on wheeled sneakers

Confrontation: In her post, she claimed that her 11-year-old daughter was ‘yelled at by a park police officer’ for rolling down a hill on wheeled sneakers

Hard to handle: She said the officer then 'grabbed her arm' and told her that her denim shorts were 'too short' before calling the park manager for backup

Hard to handle: She said the officer then ‘grabbed her arm’ and told her that her denim shorts were ‘too short’ before calling the park manager for backup

Breedlove claimed her daughter was ‘yelled at by a park police officer’ for rolling down a hill on her Heelys skate shoes. She said the same officer then ‘grabbed her arm’ and told her that her denim shorts were ‘too short.’

‘I committed no crime and proceeded to walk to my boyfriend as I am autistic and have a hard time talking to officers,’ she recounted. ‘[The officer] followed me yelling and calling for backup. 

‘Then your incompetent manager showed up and began body shaming me. I was told I needed to go buy new shorts, which I am not obligated to purchase anything I don’t want to.’

Breedlove claimed that when she agreed to buy new shorts so her family could ‘enjoy their vacation,’ she was ‘threatened with criminal trespassing’ and ‘then pushed and escorted toward the entrance.’ 

Terrified: Breedlove's daughter was crying hysterically during the altercation, which the mom said was 'traumatizing'

Terrified: Breedlove’s daughter was crying hysterically during the altercation, which the mom said was ‘traumatizing’ 

Say what? Breedlove alleged that the manager 'began body shaming' her and told her she needed to 'buy new shorts'

Say what? Breedlove alleged that the manager 'began body shaming' her and told her she needed to 'buy new shorts'

Say what? Breedlove alleged that the manager ‘began body shaming’ her and told her she needed to ‘buy new shorts’

Ruined day: The mom claimed she was 'threatened with criminal trespassing' before being 'pushed and escorted' out of the park

Ruined day: The mom claimed she was ‘threatened with criminal trespassing’ before being ‘pushed and escorted’ out of the park

Treatment: Breedlove added that the officers refused to show her their badges and that she was 'terrified [she] was about to go to jail over a pair of shorts'

Treatment: Breedlove added that the officers refused to show her their badges and that she was 'terrified [she] was about to go to jail over a pair of shorts'

Treatment: Breedlove added that the officers refused to show her their badges and that she was ‘terrified [she] was about to go to jail over a pair of shorts’

‘I was then pushed and escorted toward the entrance. Accepting this, we were about to leave and were blocked by your female officer from leaving and she pulled out her cuffs and demanded my ID,’ she added. ‘When we asked for probable cause, their answer was “because they are the police.”‘

Breedlove said they started recording the altercation so they would have a video of the ‘unlawful tactics.’ 

The clip she shared on social media shows her sitting down next to her daughter while the manager tells her she is being ‘disorderly.’ He and the officer both ask for her ID, so he can request a criminal trespass order. 

‘Look at this. Look at what you are doing to my daughter,’ the mom says, pointing to her child, who is sobbing next to her.  

‘They wouldn’t provide us with badge numbers and I was terrified I was about to go to jail over a pair of shorts,’ she wrote in her post. 

Done: Breedlove shared in her post that she has been banned from all Six Flags parks for five years, but she insisted she will never return

Done: Breedlove shared in her post that she has been banned from all Six Flags parks for five years, but she insisted she will never return 

Here they are: Breedlove later shared photos of herself wearing the shorts in question on TikTok

Here they are: Breedlove later shared photos of herself wearing the shorts in question on TikTok

Here they are: Breedlove later shared photos of herself wearing the shorts in question on TikTok 

Investigating: Breedlove claimed she's already spoken to the Oklahoma City police and was told it was not an Oklahoma City police officer who confronted her

Investigating: Breedlove claimed she's already spoken to the Oklahoma City police and was told it was not an Oklahoma City police officer who confronted her

Investigating: Breedlove claimed she’s already spoken to the Oklahoma City police and was told it was not an Oklahoma City police officer who confronted her

‘Your officers had my 11-year-old daughter crying hysterically thinking her mother was about to be arrested. Your policies are vague and confusing and the way you body shame and discriminate is unlawful.

‘I paid a lot of money at your park for our family vacation and I believe I deserve a refund for the trauma caused to my family over a pair of shorts on a hot day,’ she added.  ‘I will not be letting this go as this is 2021 and not middle school. The Oklahoma police department has been contacted as well as an attorney. 

‘I have a five-year ban now but will not be returning to any of your parks if this is how you treat [women] and law-abiding citizens and visitors. You should be ashamed with yourselves.’

Breedlove later shared an update, saying she has spoken to the Oklahoma Police Department captain and was told it was not an Oklahoma City police officer who had confronted her at the park.  

DailyMail.com has reached out to Six Flags for comment.  

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