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YMCA removes camper who made a threat, fellow camper reports him to staff


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Parents at a local YMCA camp are breathing a little easier tonight upon learning of threat caught in the nick of time. Organizers at the Y are crediting its anti-bullying campaign for bringing the situation to light.

When it comes to speaking out against bullies, kids often keep quiet. However, one teenager at Camp Hyde decided to speak out about a possible threat, which potentially saved a lot of kids from harm.

This summer the YMCA has implemented its Bully Busters campaign. In it staff are talking to kids about all different forms of bullying. Kids take a pledge to not bully and report it. YMCA VP of Childcare and Camp of Great Wichita, Emily Lies, said "to recognize and talk to the kids bullying is something and if they witness something to please come forward and be apart of our team, the anti-bullying network."

The program's message resonated with those at Camp Hyde. There a teen supposedly told another camper he would pour muriatic acid on anyone who upset him. That camper then told YMCA counselors. Lies said, "the teenagers were responsible. They came forward with what they witnessed. They gave the facts and we investigated the facts.

Officials at the YMCA believe though this incident happened it proves that its anti-bullying campaign is successful. Lt. David Mattingly, Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson, said "educating the kids and letting them know that it's ok to let someone know that something could go wrong before it happens, that's preferred."

A report has been filed with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office. Lt. Mattingly said "since it's a juvenile case it will be presented to the district attorney for charging and then they will make the decision whether or not the case will be charged."

That young boy has since been removed from camp.


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