Video: Elderly woman escorted off train for singing

One Florida family says it is considering take legal action after their elderly year-old mother was thrown off a train for singing loudly.

As reported by, 82 year-old Emma Anderson was holding worry beads and singing hymns on board a train in Miami-Dade, Florida, when a security guard asked her to stop singing. When she refused, he forced her off the train, where she is reported to have fell and suffered light bruises.

The confrontation on the train between Anderson and the security guard was captured by a passer-by’s cell phone video camera.

“I was beating my little beads with the bottle and I was singing a song, and he came up to me and said, ‘Ma’am, you’re making too much noise,’” Anderson was quoted as saying.

The elderly woman’s son, 42 year-old Kenny Anderson, said legal action is being considered as a result of the video footage, which he said appears to show his mother being forcibly escorted and is the cause of her injuries. A spokesperson for Miami-Dade Transit told the news source that her loud singing was disruptive and could drown out important loudspeaker announcements.

Roughly one-in-seven residents of Miami-Dade county are aged 65 and over, and there are many assisted living communities in Miami.

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