GALLATIN, TN (WSMV) - Parents told News4 that their 10-year-old daughter experienced racism for the first time this month at the City of Gallatin Day Camp.

Their daughter Makayla Jones was told by a group of campers she couldn't play with them because she was black.

Makayla tried to find an adult camp counselor, but there wasn't a counselor present, so Makayla left the property and walked nearly four miles home without anyone noticing.

"The two receptionists, they even looked up and didn't even think that I just escaped class," Makayla Jones said.

Gallatin City Attorney Susan High-McAuley told News4 that the Gallatin Day Camp is very racially diverse and that one of the children against who the racial allegations are made is a minority.

High-McAuley also said this incident occurred during registration early on the first day of the camp as many children were arriving.

"I was shocked when she came knocking at my door. She was the last person I expected to be here," Derina Jones, Makayla's mother, said. "She could have gotten kidnapped, could have gotten hit by a car, and no one would have known."

"It really blew me out of my mind thinking that a child could just walk out," Reuben Jones, Makayla's father, told News4.

Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown released a statement to News4. 

The Jones family has not reached a settlement and has hired a lawyer.

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