- The Washington Times - Friday, June 10, 2016

A Virginia mother is outraged after parks and recreation officials refused to order her daughter’s swimming instructor to cover up his man boobs during lessons.

The mother, who wanted to be identified only as “Lynn,” told local news website ARLnow.com that she worries about the man’s skin-to-skin contact with the children and asked officials to require him to wear a shirt in the pool.

Lynn emailed several local news outlets with her complaint after a parks and recreation staffer told her there was nothing they could do.

“I took my daughter to this class yesterday,” read Lynn’s email to the department, obtained by ARLnow.com. “Unfortunately the male instructor’s breasts were flopping on the water and we felt extremely uncomfortable with her getting into the water skin-to-skin and in such close proximity to his intimate space.”

The mother claimed that a Parks and Rec representative told her that other parents had also complained, but the instructor refused to cover up.

“To be in such close and intimate proximity to this man’s bare chest, breasts and public [chest] hair is unfathomable and I can not believe it is tolerated,” Lynn wrote. “I’d like to switch my daughter’s class to an instructor who is more appropriate and does not make us feel uncomfortable.”

Trina Wood, the department’s aquatics coordinator, responded to Lynn Wednesday in an email.

“To address your concern, all of the instructors teaching for DPR wear swim suits that are appropriate for swimming pools, active movement, both in and out of the swimming pool and for teaching swimming lessons. Swim shirts are provided to instructors to wear, typically for warmth but are not required. I am sorry that you feel uncomfortable, however, [the instructor] handles himself in a very professional manner in water with students,” the email read, according to ARLnow.com. “I do not have another class to switch your daughter into for the session that you are currently enrolled. If you do not wish to continue, I can cancel her enrollment in the class.”

The department said in a statement that male swimming instructors must wear swim trunks and optional rash-guard shirts are provided. Arlington County Dept. of Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Susan Kalish told ARLnow.com that Lynn will be offered a full refund if she decides to take her daughter out of the class.

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