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OSU apologizes after denying girl scout free patch

A Corvallis family attended the Oregon State men's and women's basketball games on Saturday hoping to get a scout patch for their daughter.

Posted: Dec 31, 2018 6:16 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University officials are trying to correct a mistake after a 7-year-old was denied a scouting patch at a basketball game this weekend.

A Corvallis family attended the Oregon State men's and women's basketball games on Saturday hoping to get a scout patch for their daughter.

When the girl went to get hers, she was told by event staff they, "were just for boys."

That girl's mom took to Facebook saying, "We were so excited for today's women's basketball 'scout game.' Imagine how my 7-year-old Daisy and her fellow scouts felt upon discovering it was for boy scouts only. I don't even know where to start."

University officials said it was simply a mistake that shouldn't have happened.

"A 7-year-old girl was told, 'this is for boys only,' which isn't the case of the promotion," said Steve Clark, Vice President of OSU Relations. "We're apologetic that someone made that statement, because whether they're a student intern or not, that's not our plan."

KEZI reached out to the family, but have not heard back.

Clark also said OSU has been in contact with the family since Sunday to apologize and offer their daughter her free patch.

He said they will work to make sure things like this don't happen in the future.

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