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Children, Facebook, and Friday: Black girls from Paterson speak out after being tossed from Jersey Shore gift shop JAMES M. O'NEILL I NORTH JERSEY RECORD Updated 5 hours ago txt SEA YA LATER Four African-American girls from Paterson, ages 12 and 13, said Sunday that their much-anticipated, first-ever outing to the Jersey Shore ended on a bitter note Friday when they were told to leave a gift shop in Point Pleasant Beach by an employee who said, “You’re not welcome here.” The girls, part of a larger group on a day trip with a Paterson-based summer youth camp, said that a gift shop worker at Jenkinson’s Aquarium told them to leave because they didn’t have a chaperone, even though, they said, white children in the store were also unattended. And when the girls went outside and returned with their chaperone, a 32-year-old counselor with the camp group, the employee still told them to leave, they said. Later, the director of the camp, Attiyya Barrett, 42, entered the shop to see what was wrong, and when she saw another employee taping the scene with a mobile phone, decided to take out her camera to film as well. The employee who had told the girls to leave then said, “You guys love to get your phone out to record,” according to Barrett. Jenkinson's offers apologies On Sunday, the employee who kicked out the girls was suspended amid an internal investigation. In a statement, Jenkinson's Pavilion said discrimination of any kind was not tolerated by the company, which owns and operates private beaches, boardwalks, amusement games and the aquarium in Point Pleasant Beach. "We strive to provide all of our customers with an enjoyable experience and we clearly missed the mark this time," Jenkinson's marketing director Toby Wolf said in an email. "We sincerely apologize to the girls from the camp group for the way they felt upon leaving. We have been in contact with the group leader and will continue to work with her to make amends." In a separate statement, Jenkinson's Aquarium said it was committed to "preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion." Barrett later posted video for her encounter with the store worker on Facebook. Barrett’s is the most recent in a string of viral videos nationwide over the past year that aim to spotlight alleged racist behavior. The children kicked out of the shop were part of a summer camp and school-year tutoring

Four African-American girls from Paterson, ages 12 and 13, said Sunday that their much-anticipated, first-ever outing to the Jersey Shore en...