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Police boycott triathlon to protest Potter evils

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PENRYN, Pa. (AP) — The police department has refused to direct traffic at a YMCA triathlon because it says the club promotes witchcraft by reading Harry Potter books to children.

Penryn Fire Police Capt. Robert Fichthorn said the eight-member force voted unanimously to boycott the 20th running of the triathlon, scheduled for Sept. 7.

"I don't feel right taking our children's minds and teaching them (witchcraft)," Fichthorn said.

The Lancaster Family YMCA began reading chapters of the Harry Potter books to children enrolled in an after-school program in November.