A Wilmington pool manager, under fire for asking children in an Arabic summer camp to exit the pool for wearing cotton, disputed on Monday accusations that her actions were discriminatory.
Glenda Pinkett, a seasonal city employee, acknowledged there is no written policy against wearing cotton in public pools, but she said she was following guidance she said is well-known in the aquatics profession: that cotton clothes cause clogs in pool filters.
"Nobody was discriminated. As I did with all our patrons, we asked them to not wear cotton," she said. "They have a group of young girls that was dressed in inappropriate attire, covered. You can be covered. That's fine. You just can't wear cotton."
She added: "It's an unfortunate turn of events that has been blown out of proportion."