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Mayor Purzycki Reverses a City Action Regarding City Pools

Post Date:07/14/2018 6:20 PM

He apologizes and says the City used poor judgement in assessing what happened and then how it reacted to the matter

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki today reaffirmed the City’s long-standing policy that all people are welcome at city pools. Purzycki said it was wrong of the City to ask children of the Muslim faith to leave a city pool because of religious-related clothing they were wearing. Purzycki said the City used poor judgement in assessing this entire matter and equally poor judgement in reacting to it.

“We should be held accountable for what happened and how poorly we assessed this incident, said Mayor Purzycki. “I apologize to the children who were directed to leave a city pool because of the religious-required clothing they were wearing,” said Mayor Purzycki. “We also referred to vaguely-worded pool policies to assess and then justify our poor judgement, and that was also wrong.”

The Mayor said he hopes to meet soon with the children’s camp director and with the children who were asked to leave the city pool so he can address their concerns and offer a personal apology. The Mayor also said he wants to assure everyone that religious-related garb is permitted at city pools. The Mayor said the City needs to be better than this, and he hopes that his words today will begin to rectify the situation.

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News and information from the Office of Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki 

John Rago
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Communications
Mobile: (302) 420-7928
Email: jrago@WilmingtonDE.gov

Paul Ford Jr. 
Communications Specialist
Mobile: (302) 530-2171
Email: plford@WilmingtonDE.gov
 
Dan Sanchez
Digital & Social Media Manager
Mobile: (302) 605-0026
Email: dsanchez@WilmingtonDE.gov

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