An Outremont mother is furious after her she and her three-year-old girl were thrown out of a wading pool in the borough on Wednesday afternoon, because the youngster wasn't wearing a bathing suit top.
Véronique Shapiro was told by a lifeguard at the John F. Kennedy pool on Outremont Ave. to put a top on her child. She refused, and was then asked to leave. Shapiro refused to leave.
A confrontation ensued, during which Shapiro claims she was tackled to the ground as she was holding her child — contact which left the youngster with cuts to her forehead.
Shapiro claims one of the lifeguards had threatened to take her cellphone.
"After I refused to leave, I was tackled to the ground with my 3-year-old girl in my arms by a lifeguard I would easily mistake for the younger sister of Officer 728," Shapiro wrote on her Facebook page. "Naively, I thought lifeguards were there to save lives, and not to send children to hospital!!!"
Shapiro plans to file a complaint about the incident with Montreal police, while the borough has indicated it will file a complaint against Shapiro.
One of the lifeguards at the Kennedy pool says the rule exists so that children don't become the target of attention from pedophiles, something Shapiro says is ridiculous. Borough mayor Marie Cinq-Mars, for her part, says no rule exists requiring very young girl to cover up at a public pool.
The borough is investigating the incident.