We signed Anthony up for swimming lessons and he started this past week. He has always been leery of the water, but this year has really blossomed and has enjoyed playing in it! We are so proud and had hoped that the swimming lessons would foster this new growth!
Monday he did FANTASTIC! He had so much fun and really enjoyed it! Tuesday he also had a blast, but in true Anthony fashion his listening ears were not on the whole time.... He needed a few reminders, but still did GREAT!
Wednesday was much of the same EXCEPT that when it was time to jump in they did not catch them this time. This shocked Anthony and he, admittedly, freaked OUT! I gave him a hug and sent him back to his class... When it was his turn to jump in he refused and MELTED down! Understandably he was told to find his mother and I took him home. No big deal. He was frightened and we discussed it! I explained that we would speak with the life guards and they would NOT let him go under.
Thursday came and we talked about it a lot and he did not want to go, but I told him he had to try. I spoke to the guard in front of Anthony and she assured us both that he would not "sink" this time.
The time came for him to put a life vest on and the waterworks came. They put one on him though.... All the kids began walking towards the opposite end of the pool and Anthony was refusing to follow.
At this point, one of the guards picked him up and football carried him a few feet. All the while he was SCREAMING "no thank you! I no like it! I'm scared" At this point my attention was diverted to Madison and my friend Sara saw the guard hold her arms out and drop him into the pool. He went under and when he surfaced he was terrified.... At this point Sara told me what had happened and I immediately went to get him.
As I was approaching the pool, another life guard was in the pool with Anthony and swimming him over to the end where his class was. Anthony was screaming. The guard was speaking over Ant's screams and repeated, "If you do not stop screaming I will leave you in the pool". I leaned in to get him and the guard turned to the others and said, "What is wrong with this kid?!?!"
One of the guards, said "Dude his mom is right there" At this point I took my son and we dried off and I dressed him. I left him with Sara as I looked for an adult supervisor. I could NOT find one... So we left.
I was shocked.... I did not confront the life guards because:
- I would have been inappropriate / used inappropriate language in front of all the kids...
- They were kids and I would have gotten no where
- I was in shock and did not know what to do!
I called the head of the parks and rec center and explained the situation. He promised to look into it. Anther parent (whom I do not know) apparently called and complained as well. I have since emailed with her and she has contacted CPS over the incident also.....
I want the girl who dropped my son into the pool to be fired..... I know that she was NOT at the final lesson tonight, BUT I have not heard back from the parks and rec head.... I will be calling him on Monday to find out how this issue has been resolved!
Anthony was treated poorly and was in a sense abused by this girl. She should NOT be working with children!!! I do not know what I should do if the girl is not fired.... I will be anxiously thinking of what the next step will be if she is still a life guard.....
Sorry for the novel....