Confronting moment a bus passenger threatens to call the cops on a young woman with Tourette Syndrome who was swearing uncontrollably
- A young Sydney woman with Tourette’s was abused following a series of tics
- A passenger on the bus threatened to call police over her swearing
- Bystanders explained tics are a symptom and beyond her control
- The woman claimed the girl didn’t have Tourette’s as she was defending herself
A young woman with Tourette Syndrome has shared video of a confrontation on a Sydney bus in which her uncontrollable swearing prompted another passenger to threaten to call the police.
The victim shared her experience on Sunday, hoping to increase awareness of Tourette symptoms and show the kind of hostile reaction they can cause.
The TikTok user @meowmons was on a bus headed to the inner west suburb of Newtown when she suffered from coprolalia – a ‘tic’ that causes the person to repeat obscene or offensive words.
A young Sydney girl with Tourette Syndrome shared a series of videos (pictured) on Sunday showing the abuse she suffered after a series of tics on the Newtown bus
This verbal tic is the symptom most commonly associated with Tourette Syndrome, a disorder that causes the sufferer to make unwanted and often repetitive movements and noises.
Another passenger on the bus who was offended by the swearing threatened to call the police and repeatedly claimed the girl did not suffer from the disorder.
The woman (pictured left) threatened to call the police on the victim after the series of tics
Several passengers on the bus can be heard responding to that threat by saying the girl suffered from Tourette Syndrome and there is nothing to be upset over.
The woman responded by saying someone with Tourette Syndrome would not defend themselves the way the victim did.
‘That’s not a normal reaction from someone with Tourettes,’ she said.
Another passenger informed the victim, once they were off the bus, that the woman had attempted to call police but ‘her phone didn’t work.’
When confronted by passengers and the victim’s friends the abuser (pictured middle) said people suffering from Tourette Syndrome are unable to defend themselves as the victim did
The confrontation between the complaining woman and the victim and her friends continued off the bus and they were seen inside a train station where they told the woman she should not treat people with disabilities the way she had.
‘If you had Tourette’s you wouldn’t be able to argue and say you have Tourette’s,’ the woman responded.
That was a misunderstanding, as people with Tourette Syndrome often can communicate despite the tics.
The victim shared a total of three videos detailing the incident as well as the response from the perpetrators.
WHAT IS TOURETTE’S SYNDROME?
Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological condition characterised by a combination of involuntary noises and movements called tics.
It usually starts during childhood and continues into adulthood. Tics can be either be vocal or physical.
In many cases Tourette’s syndrome runs in families and it’s often associated with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Tourette’s syndrome is named after the French doctor, Georges Gilles de la Tourette, who first described the syndrome and its symptoms in the 19th century.
There’s no cure for Tourette’s syndrome, but treatment can help to control the symptoms.
Source: NHS Choices