15-Year-Old Kicked Out of Summer Camp for Kissing a Boy

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Remember summer camp when you were a teen? Swimming in the lake, hiking, marshmallow roasting, snatching a kiss under a star-filled sky. Only now that will get you called a "slut" and escorted off the premises by a policeman. This at least according to a lawsuit filed against a sleepaway camp. A 15-year-old teen, identified only as "Jane," kissed another 15-year-old boy, identified as "Dick," at Camp Emerson, in Massachusetts. But when word got back to the camp's owner, Jane was allegedly outed as a "loose slut" and kicked out of camp by an armed cop. And this wasn't even Bible camp!

According to the suit, when camp owner Sue Lein found out that the two teens, who had fallen in "puppy love," had shared an "innocent" kiss, she falsely accused them of "sexually provocative behavior including the removal of each other's clothing," called the teen girl a "slut," and ordered her to leave camp. Her mom had to cancel a pre-planned trip to come pick up her daughter, who was escorted away by a cop.

Hmmm. I remember camp well. I wasn't much of a kisser at that age, but certainly I knew other kids who were. It all seemed rather tame and innocent. It's the kind of things teens do. Can we really expect teens to be bombarded with hormones and provocative behavior on everything from sitcoms to music videos, and not think that they might want to kiss each other -- or even more?

Of course, I get where Sue is coming from too. Camp counselors have to deal with a slew of things that they probably didn't in the past. Like lawsuits from parents claiming their virginal daughters weren't so virginal when they got back from camp. I wouldn't put it past a parent to sue over her darling snowflake getting a kiss at camp.

As a parent, I would expect my teen would probably have a campmance. Which may include kissing. And if any camp slut-shamed her over that, I would not be happy.

But did the owner really storm into Jane's bunk and call her a "slut" over a kiss? Seems kind of far-fetched, but if so, what does she think is going on at her camp? Why does she think teens even GO to camp?

Thing to do here would be to sit down with the teens and find out what happened and if it was all consensual. Then call the parents and let them know what you heard. Then either send them home, if the parents insist, or butt out. However, suing is a tad extreme. People really love to sue, don't they?

The silver lining? Dick and Jane are now boyfriend and girlfriend and can kiss all they want. Awww!

Did your teen ever strike up a romance at camp? Is it something you worried about?


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youth... youthfulsoul

Probably against the rules, however, the camp director/owner has no business working with children if this is how you handle a situation like this.

nonmember avatar Lena

Camp director shouldn't have called anyone names... but I don't see how it could be "innocent" kissing if clothes came off? I also read the nydailynews.com article, and it sounds like the counselors held "court" time for kids to canoodle... maybe a lot more was going on under the director's nose and she didn't approve, so she chose to set an example with these kids?

nonmember avatar Anowscara

I'm not usually a fan of lawsuits but this looks like a classic case of gender discrimination, and "Jane" has a pretty good case, it seems. Massachusettes law should be pretty clear on the subject.

NatAndCo NatAndCo

What happened to Dick?

nonmember avatar J

If I had to cancel a pre-arrange vacation or trip because of something bogus (such as a kiss, if indeed that's all that happened) then I'd probably file a small claims to be reembursed what I was out. That isn't fair for the parents if it was un-just. And if anyone ever called my daughter a slut there would be hell to pay. You don't need to bully and shame like that. I'd definitely be teaching my daughter better behavior but adults should never stoop to name calling a child.

amazz... amazzonia

There should be no kissing period


 Part 1 of 2-well from what the actual article said they kissed during "court" time, and the other counselors were right there and saw the whole thing, and even encouraged "dick" to do it because he had never kissed a girl before and he really liked "jane" it seems to me that even though this isnt a bible camp the owner is a bit too religiously crazy to be kicking this girl out for kissing a boy, and why not kick the boy out, or fire the camp counselors for encouraging dick to do it and witnessing the whole thing? THESE ARE TEENS FOR CRIPES SAKE!! they will hold hands, and kiss and bat eyes at each other, they are at the ripe old age where hormones are raging...and from what the original article says, it doesnt seem to me that there were any taking clothes off while the kids were there, i mean this boy just got his first kiss, im pretty sure they arent going to jump from first kiss to naked groping all in the same day.i agree that this is going to


Part 2 of 2-court because i think the mother should be reimbursed for the tuition and for missing her trip and for the emotional damage that this girl and her family went through, the article states that this girl has OCD and anxiety, and that her sister suffered emotional trauma from seeing her sibling being taken away by a police officer "with a gun" and she too had to leave because of that...there are so many stories about kids doing awful things and teen pregnancy and here we have an innocent first love story of teens having feelings for each other and JUST KISSING and someone has to shame them and call the girl a loose slut....just ridiculous

Margie Cobb

UM... was the boy kicked out as well?

nonmember avatar Detnuah

retarded ....bottom line

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