A few years ago, a group of mostly black and Hispanic children from inner-city Philadelphia day camp were denied swimming privileges at the Valley Swim Club in Huntington, Pa.
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Now the U.S. Justice Department has announced a settlement awarding $1.1 million to sixty-five of the children, the camp and its counselors who were involved in the case, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
During the summer of 2009, Creative Steps Day Camp of Northeast Philadelphia paid the Valley Swim Club $1,950 to allow the children to participate in their swimming program once a week. The children first visited the premises on June 29. Many of the youngsters began complaining to their counselors that White members at the swim club used racial slurs in reference to them. “Why are there so many black children occupying the pool,” was one of the complaints the children allegedly heard.
The nearly $2,000 fee that was paid to the swim club was promptly refunded and the director of Creative Steps, Althea Wright, was informed by the Valley Club’s president, John Duesler, that the children were no longer allowed to swim in the pool.