The infamous Philadelphia swim club where Black and Hispanic children were forced to leave is seeing the harsh face of justice for their racist actions.
The administrative staff of the Valley Swim Club in Huntington, Pennsylvania is being ordered by The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission to pay monetary damages for humiliation and embarrassment and a whopping fine of $50,000. The Human Relations Commission also made sure to note that that none of the 155 members of the swim club this year were Black nor were any of the 179 members from last year. The swim club staff is appealing the action.
As previously reported, children in The Creative Steps Day Camp were brought to the facility after camp counselors paid more than $1,900 for them to swim there once a week. When the children arrived at the swim club they reported White children rushing out of the pool and whispers of parents asking why the Black and Hispanic children were there. Soon after, the camp’s money was returned without warning and the children were not allowed to return.
The icing on the cake was when the President of the swim club, John Duesler, blatantly told reporters the children changed the “complexion” and “atmosphere” of the pool. Luckily for these children their poor treatment sparked national outrage and efforts were made to relieve the emotional distress they felt from the incident. The most noted effort was from none other than Tyler Perry, who sent the 7th and 8th grade students to Disney World in August.