The Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Troop 176 claim adults yelled racial remarks at them after the girls spoke out against alleged mistreatment of animals at a public meeting in Cecil County, Maryland, on April 29.
A cellphone video (below) posted on Facebook by the Girl Scouts troop leader, Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich, shows the end of the conflict.
Mitchell-Werbrich also wrote on Facebook:
"Who would ever think my Girl Scouts would have been attacked with racist comments by adults? I am sickened. This footage was taken, and posted by, Cecil County's Animal Control Vendor, A Buddy for Life supporters AFTER making such terrible remarks. They should have listened before they posted the video."
The controversy started when the girls spoke about alleged animal mistreatment at A Buddy for Life animal control center during the county's Animal Care and Control Oversight Commission meeting.
At the meeting, A Buddy for Life Co-Director Jen Callahan said, "You know, the Girl Scouts came out and had some things to say, I understand that they were coached with what to say."
Callahan claimed the girls had never toured the facility, but didn't offer any proof they had been coached, which the Girl Scouts denied. Mitchell-Werbrich has been critical of the animal control unit, but the Girl Scouts claimed it was their idea to come to the meeting.
When the girls held signs about the alleged mistreatment outside the county building, some adults reportedly yelled racial remarks.
Arianna Spurlock, a 13-year-old Girl Scout, recalled, "They were saying like, 'Go back to Baltimore, where you belong,' and they started pointing out like me and my sisters."
"And they were like calling us, like animals and stuff. And I didn't really know why because if they are calling us animals, aren't they supposed to be helping animals?" Spurlock added.
A male co-leader of the Girl Scouts' troop was caught on video telling the adults: "Saying that they belong in Baltimore because they're black, that is wrong. Please don't say that OK?"
Callahan emailed a statement to ABC 2 News: "A Buddy for Life, Inc. cannot control the words or actions of citizens that attended that meeting. A Buddy for Life, Inc. does not condone the behavior that was on display after the meeting."
Cecil County Executive Tari Moore apologized for the incident and has offered to take the Girl Scouts on a tour of the county building.
Moore is also studying Cecil County's county's animal control program.
Mitchell-Werbrich claims she contacted a police officer who denied that racial slurs happened and claimed that no crime was committed.