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The Michigan Daily-Friday, August 1, 1980-Page 15

Phila. I
From UPI and AP
PHILADELPHIA - Seven lifeguards
at city-owned pools were rated "non-
swimmers" yesterday, one day after
the Philadelphia Recreation Depar-
tment was ordered to close its over-
night camp because of alleged coun-
selor brutality.
The rescue ability of the city's 358
lifeguards was questioned after a youth
drowned early in July and a report cir-
culated that some lifeguards had pur-
chased fake Red Cross certificates to
get hired.
ALL LIFEGUARDS were ordered
retested Wednesday night, but 150
failed to show up. Of those who did take
the advanced Red Cross life-saving
test, seven failed and were rated "non-
Those who flunked none of whom
worked at the pool where the drowning
occurred - will be given a second test
before any dismissals take place.
At Camp William Penn, Lt. Jack
Lyons, who is heading the investigation
into charges that campers were struck,
forced to stand nude as punishment,
and forced into sexual acts, said the
exact number of counselors implicated
was not known.
LYONS SAID the city had received
about 50 calls on a special hotline
established in the managing-director's
office Tuesday.
"The primary complaint is assault
and battery where a counselor is ac-
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cused of hitting a camper," he said. However, the mayor said he had director of the camp, said yesterday the
"A couple of allegations referred to received no evidence during his visit to remaining 149 children were "back into
sexual assault where a counselor forced substantiate the allegations. their normal routine. They're swim-
one camper to commit anal or oral sex By yesterday, 208 children had been ming, boating, at arts and crafts."
on another," he said. withdrawn from the camp by their Since the charges erupted earlier this
MAYOR WILLIAM Green visited the parents, who had paid $10 for the two- week, 11 counselors and the acting
670-acre summer camp in the Pocono week stay. Most parents said their director have been suspended or
Mountains Wednesday and ordered it children had not been abused, but they dismissed from the camp. The camp's
closed next Tuesday because "the at- were withdrawing them because of director, Henry Windish, was suspended
-mosphere has been destroyed" by the news reports. for reasons described as not connected
allegations. Robert Smith, newly appointed co- with the allegations.

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