CNN Reports Swim Club Subpeonaed by Human Relations Commission
Bernice Duesler, wife of embattled Valley Swim Club president John Duesler, has stated that, on the advice of counsel, the swim club has been directed to attempt to get together with the camps whose memberships had been suspended by the swim club. The club has stated safety concerns motivated the club's actions.
CNN is reporting that according to e mails it has obtained, provisions were being made to hire additional lifeguards during the time the day camp memberships were revoked, in an effort to accommodate the expected increase of children expected to be in attendance at the pool.
The only camp that has been named in relation to cancelled memberships has been the Creative Steps Day Camp.
The Valley Swim Club has offered to restore memberships to the Creative Steps Day Camp and the other camps. It has not been determined if the offer will be accepted by Creative Steps or the other day camps.
As a result of reports of racial statements overheard by some of the children of the Creative Steps Day Camp, who were attending a swim session on June 29, 2009 at the Valley Swim Club and the subsequent revocation of the membership and barring of the day camp, an investigation of the incident has been called for by Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter and will be conducted by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.
Alethea Wright, director of Creative Steps Day Camp, has expressed her concerns regarding returning the children to the swim club, inquiring if the individuals who made those remarks remain at the club.
The day camp is composed of Latino and African American children, from kindergaten age to seventh grade.
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