Mother says summer camp wouldn't let her son bring life jacket - WSMV News 4

Mother says summer camp wouldn't let her son bring life jacket to swim

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When it comes to Kelli's only child, her 5-year-old son, she doesn't take chances.

"I just don't think you can ever be too careful when it comes to your kid," she said.

So you can imagine her reaction when she tried to drop him off at summer camp and heard that he wasn't allowed to bring his life jacket.

Kelli took her son home.

"I was crying. I was upset. I live my life on Facebook. So of course, at the first stop light, I had to post it on Facebook," she said.

The post starts out with, "Don't mess with this mom when it comes to the safety of my child," and ends with a fitting Emoji.

"It blows my mind; I think it's ridiculous," Kelli said.

Channel 4 contacted the school district that runs the camp. They say they inform parents of their policies before camp begins and they swim test all kids beforehand. They say they also have several lifeguards on hand. Camp officials say it would be chaotic if each child brought their own individual swimming device.

"They have their rules, but I have mine. And you can't replace your child," Kelli said.

It turns out that wearing life jackets in swimming pools is a pretty heavily-debated issue. Some say they think the life jackets provide a false sense of security.

Kelli says she isn't angry but her child will not be returning to camp swim day, at least until the rules change.

"I just am protecting my child. That's all I have to worry about. But I also want to help other kids as well. And I'd rather be doing a story about this than a story about a child at the bottom of a pool," she said.

Here is a statement from the American Red Cross on life jackets:

"The American Red Cross recommends that children, inexperienced swimmers and boaters wear U.S. Coast-Guard-approved life jackets when they are in or around the water."

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