The 17-year-old was told she would not be able to ride the rollercoaster at SeaWorld because of her disability

A 17-year-old girl born without hands was kicked off SeaWorld's Kraken rollercoaster -- after being removed in December from a ride at Universal Studios Orlando. Both parks cite safety issues, saying that riders need to be able to hold onto the pull-down harness with at least one hand.

Katie Champagne's family is taking the case to court, saying the parks are the ones who need to get a grip, arguing that Katie can grab the harness with her arm.

Handicapped-accessibility advocates are coming to Katie's defense, but the Orlando Sentinel's Beth Kassab sees the parks' lawsuit-wary point of view: "It all boils down to the difficult calculus that pits Katie's fun against risk management. And in that equation, Katie's always going to lose."

Should Katie have been allowed to ride?


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