(PRWEB) August 14, 2012
A summer camp in St. Mary's County, Maryland run by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington was forced to close unexpectedly this week. A note sent home with the children explained that the camp was closing because of some misconduct from their counselors, allegedly making the children engage in some sort of “fight club,” according to Fox 5.
Maryland accident lawyer Rabihah Scott, a mother in her own right, reacts to these allegations:
“As a parent you do everything you can to protect your child,” says Ms. Scott. “You try to get them in the right programs and surround them with good role models. I am sure each and every parent that sent their child to the camp sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club in St. Mary's County they thought that this would be a good experience. I know when I sent my son to programs at the Boys and Girls club I thought he was safe. I think the parents of children at the overnight camp must have felt mortified that their children were put at such risk."
According to that Fox 5 article, some of the counselors at the camp could have come from the DC Summer employment program even though the camp is about 80 miles away from the District of Columbia. There is no word about how many counselors are involved in these allegations, or how many of them came from this Washington program.
The camp shutting down was the first of what will seemingly be many dominoes to fall in this case. Few details have emerged thus far concerning how high up in the organization’s management this type of procedure was tolerated, or who was in charge of making sure that the counselors were performing their duties, but according to Ms. Scott, there might be some legal action in the future.
“In the coming months,” says Ms. Scott, “I fully expect to see counselors and other camp officials charged with neglect and other things depending on their involvement. I also expect to get a more detailed account of the scheme and the injuries it caused. As those reports come out there will likely be someone looking into the portion of liability individuals and the Boys & Girls Club have in the injuries. There will be serious medical care for traumatized children. And when the dust settles I anticipate civil suits for damages where words like liability and negligence could be used freely. No matter how much money is paid out, the real losers are the kids. They cannot un-see things, nor will they soon forget.”