Summer Camp Kiss Lawsuit Withdrawn


The summer camp kiss lawsuit that has been blowing up the internet over the last couple days has been withdrawn, according to a report in the Berkshire Eagle.

Filed in Connecticut Monday on behalf of an unnamed female camper who was sent home from Camp Emerson in Hinsdale, Mass., last month, the suit claimed the director of the camp falsely accused her and a boy she kissed of sexually provocative behavior and called her a slut. It sought an unspecified amount of money for damages from the camp, which it also claims did not refund tuition money and violated the camper’s emotional well-being.

While details of the incident were little more than one-sided accusations from an attorney, the story of a girl getting kicked out and escorted out of camp for an innocent kiss proved to be internet gold, especially once The New York Daily News gave it the tabloid treatment with the headline “Teen girl booted from summer camp by armed guard for kissing boy: Suit.”

Camp Emerson hasn’t addressed the incident or the lawsuit publicly and the camp’s director, Sue Lein, as of yet has not responded publicly to what I imagine has been a steady stream of phone calls from reporters.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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