Camp leader weighs in on termination of Jenk’s employee

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This photo of the girls who were turned away from the Jenkinson's Aquarium Gift Shop was posted on the Instagram account of Attiyya Barrett of Patterson, who had been accompanying the group.

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The chaperone for group of young girls asked to leave a boardwalk gift shop said termination of the shop manager left her conflicted.

Attiyya Barrett, leader of the Princesses to Queenz camp program, said her campers were “racially profiled” by the employee of Jenkinson’s Aquarium Gift Shop Aug. 10

“As a Queen who completely believes in all women being Queenz I cannot relish another woman’s decrease,” Ms. Barrett said. “But I am a firm believer in consequence. So my reaction is perplexed. Praying for [the employee] still, happy my girls are vindicated.” Ms. Barrett posted on social media.

The manager of the Jenkinson’s Aquarium Gift Shop was terminated after an investigation into an incident during which she asked the group of young girls to leave the shop, a spokeswoman for Jenkinson’s said Tuesday.

“This incident does not reflect the core values of the boardwalk,” Jenkinson’s spokeswoman Toby Wolf said Aug. 14.

Along with the termination of the manager of the Aquarium Gift Shop will come special training for Jenkinson’s Boardwalk employees on diversity.

“Jenkinson’s will also be conducting a diversity training program for its employees in the very near future to avoid this type of occurrence in the future,” Ms Wolf said.

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