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Double amputee claims discrimination at Great Escape

Posted: Updated: Jul 07, 2014 02:22 PM
Marissa Strock Marissa Strock
QUEENSBURY, N.Y. -- One woman who went to Great Escape Six Flags during the holiday weekend says she feels she was discriminated against because of her two prosthetic legs.

Marissa Strock, who is vacationing in Sand Lake with her family, says she went to the theme park on Saturday. She enjoyed several rides before she says park management told her that she was no longer allowed to be on the rides.

"I went to go have a fun day with my family and it turned into two kids crying and four adults frustrated and me sitting here feeling like it was my fault that I ruined the entire day for my whole family,” said Strock.

Strock, an Iraq War Veteran, has been a double below the knee amputee for the better part of a decade. She says she's gone on the rides at Six Flags Great Escape in the past and was able to do the same for two hours on Saturday. 

“I had fun. I got to ride the roller coaster with my nephew for the first time ever in his life,” explained Strock.

She says that while she was getting onto ‘The Bobsled’, park supervisors told her she wasn’t allowed on the ride.

“Not only was I not supposed to be on ‘The Bobsled’, but the four rides that I had previously ridden with my niece and nephew, I should not have been allowed on,” she said.

Strock explained that the Great Escape Supervisors told her she needed to have at least one functioning arm and leg, including fingers and toes. However, Strock claims that she saw kids who were in wheelchairs and with all of their limbs, put into and taken out of roller coasters. 

“The only thing I don't have is toes that wiggle and an ankle that moves. So I don't understand how it was safe for them to ride this ride and it was not safe for me to ride the ride,” said Strock.

NEWS10 ABC reached out to Six Flags for comment. 

"The Great Escape is a longtime supporter of military heroes and we are proud to have honored them during our recent July 4th celebration.

To ensure their safety and well-being, guests with certain disabilities are prohibited from riding certain rides and attractions. Our Safety & Accessibility Guide includes ride manufacturers’ guidelines and the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The Guide is customized by ride and developed for the safety and well-being of all our guests.

We apologize to Ms. Strock for the inconsistent enforcement of our policy and any embarrassment we caused her. We have immediately initiated a review of all of our ride operations to ensure consistent implementation of our policies."

Strock hopes Six Flags will amend their current policy for next year. If there is no policy change by that time, Strock says that she will consider filing a lawsuit. 


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