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'They're Not Welcome in Here': Shocking Video Shows Aquarium Gift Shop Employee Who Ordered Young Black Girls from Store

The employee has been suspended.

Photo Credit: Attiyya Barrett

A shocking video showing a Jenkinson's Aquarium gift shop employee telling an adult chaperone that a group of young black girls weren't "welcome" has led to the employee's suspension after the girls' group leader posted the video to social media.

The employee reportedly threw the young girls out of the gift shop due to a lack of chaperone. When they returned with a chaperone, they were ordered out of the store again when the employee didn't believe the chaperone was real.

Kianna Williams, 13, said that the employee "threatened to get security" after the girls returned with their 32-year-old chaperone, despite the fact other young girls were in the shop without apparent chaperones.

"We strive to provide all of our customers with an enjoyable experience and we clearly missed the mark this time," Jenkinson's marketing director Toby Wolf said in a written statement. "We sincerely apologize to the girls from the camp group for the way they felt upon leaving. We have been in contact with the group leader and will continue to work with her to make amends."

The girls want the employee to apologize for her "embarrassing" behavior towards them, specifically to the younger girls.

Watch the video below.

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Chris Sosa is the former Senior Editor of AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.