Feds open civil-rights investigation of YMCA of the Triangle

From staff reportsOctober 21, 2013 

Federal investigators will probe allegations of discrimination by the YMCA of the Triangle over its refusal to provide emergency injections to diabetic children in its after-school programs.

The U.S. Justice Department notified the YMCA last week that it was opening an investigation into the civil-rights complaint filed by the Raleigh father of a child with diabetes. Bruce Hatcher contends that the YMCA is violating the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

The only shot that YMCA staff will provide are EpiPen injections for children going through anaphylactic shock. This excludes emergency insulin or glucagon injections that diabetic children might need.

Hatcher’s 5-year-old son wound up at a school whose after-school program is operated by the YMCA. The Wake County school board had rejected Hatcher’s transfer request for a school near a program that is prepared to provide emergency injections.

Jennifer Nelson, a YMCA spokeswoman, said Monday the group had received a letter from the Department of Justice regarding the complaint and will respond in a timely manner,

Nelson has previously said the YMCA is reviewing how it meets the emergency medical issues of children with Type 1 diabetes.

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