Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE OBSERVERS

Pollution threatens island paradise of Mauritius, and one Cameroonian expat's quest to bring safe drinking water to his country

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Publicis boss encourages firms to move staff to Paris post-Brexit

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'Fake news has had almost no impact on Wikipedia'

Read more

FOCUS

Iraq: Embedded with French special forces in Mosul

Read more

ENCORE!

Dominique Dalcan: Godfather of French 90s pop returns to his roots

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

Ringing the bells of northern France

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Trump Administration Starts with Big Lie Over Small Thing'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Samsung blames batteries for Galaxy Note 7 explosions

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

EU Transport Commissioner: 'We are preparing legislation on drones'

Read more

Americas

Swimming pool refuses access to black and Hispanic children

Video by Oliver FARRY , FRANCE 2

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-07-15

A national controversy was sparked when a suburban Philadelphia pool asked 65 black and Hispanic children from a summer club not to return, reimbursing the children's entrance fees. Now the pool managers say they would like the kids back.

On June 29, a group of black and Hispanic children at the private Valley Club swimming pool in suburban Philadelphia were asked not to come back, sparking a controversy over allegations of racism in the national headlines.

The 65 children were staying at a summer camp, which paid the Valley Club pool $1,950 so that the youngsters could use the pool every Monday. But once there, some children said they heard people asking what "black children" were doing there and expressing fear of thefts. Some white families then reportedly withdrew their children from the pool.

Human Rights Commission investigation

The summer camp was reimbursed for the $1,950 a few days later, with no explanation. Later, the pool's management refuted allegations of racism and said the kids were turned away because the pool was overbooked. "We underestimated our capacity to handle this many children in a safe environment," said John Duesler, the club's president.

While some parents are considering suing for racism, an investigation has been launched by the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission. According to CNN.com, Bernice Duesler, the wife of the club's president, proposed on Sunday that the children could come back to the pool. "As long as we can work out safety issues, we'd like to have them back," she told CNN. It remains to be seen whether the children will want to go back to the pool.

Date created : 2009-07-14

COMMENT(S)