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Lawsuit: Girl, 15, kicked out of camp for kiss

July 31, 2013 at 12:05 PM   |   Comments

FAIRFIELD, Conn., July 31 (UPI) -- A Connecticut couple's lawsuit against a Massachusetts summer camp alleges their 15-year-old daughter was kicked out for kissing a boy.

The parents, identified in the Fairfield Superior Court lawsuit as C.M. and J.M., names Camp Emerson of Hinsdale, Mass., and camp directors Sue Lein and Phil Ryder, the Courthouse News Service reported Wednesday.

The lawsuit said the couple's daughter, identified as Jane, and a boy, identified by the pseudonym Dick, struck up a summer romance.

"This summer romance made plaintiff, Jane, a child of divorced parents who suffers from anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and treats with a psychiatrist and medications, and who always felt insecure and inferior to her peers, feel confident and beautiful for the very first time in her life," the lawsuit reads.

The suit said Dick and Jane kissed for the first time at the urging of camp councilors, who congratulated the pair following their lip-lock.

However, Sue Lein, the camp director, allegedly "yelled and screamed at Dick and plaintiff, Jane, in front of other campers and/or counselors, falsely accused them of sexually provocative behavior including removal of each other's clothing, causing plaintiff, Jane, inter alia, severe emotional distress and/or mental anguish and/or depression and/or extreme anxiety and/or humiliation and/or guilt and/or embarrassment," the suit states.

Jane was escorted from the camp by a "uniformed, gun-carrying police officer," the complaint says.

The family is seeking $600,000 in damages for negligent infliction of emotional distress.

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