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HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. — A suburban Philadelphia private swim club turned away children from a day camp after the camp’s director says members questioned why Black people were swimming there.

HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. — A suburban Philadelphia private swim club turned away children from a day camp after the camp’s director says members questioned why Black people were swimming there.

The children from the Creative Steps day camp in northeast Philadelphia were at the club June 29. Executive director Alethea Wright said Wednesday three children told her they heard members of The Valley Club asking what Blacks were doing there.

Wright says the club refunded the camp’s swimming fees without explanation several days later.

Club President John Duesler tells Philadelphia television station WTXF that several club members complained because the children "fundamentally changed the atmosphere" at the pool, but the complaints didn’t involve race.

Duesler did not immediately respond to messages left for him Wednesday by The Associated Press at the club and at his home.

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