Dec 8, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT
Well, a player on a Fort Worth high school volleyball team has filed a civil rights complaint against the school — and is considering a lawsuit — because her coach required her to get a permission slip from her doctor before she could continue playing. Oh, did I mention that the player is pregnant?
Even though the season ended last month, MacKenzie McCollum and her mother are not done fighting with the school district over the issue.
Video following the jump.
Mackenzie McCollum, 17, a senior at Arlington Heights High School, filed a civil-rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, said Lara Kaufmann, the girl’s attorney.
The agency is investigating the complaint, Kaufmann said.
McCollum missed several key games that could have cost her a college scholarship before she obtained a doctor’s approval and returned to the team, the lawyer said.
“It was peak recruiting season,” she said.
Kaufmann, an attorney with the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., said the district violated Title IX, the landmark law passed in 1972 aimed at ending sex-based discrimination in public schools.
“They can’t just categorically exclude students who are pregnant,” Kaufmann said. “They need to treat everyone the same.”
This is the first case I know of involving sex-based discrimination in which the person was actually having sex. So what happens when the irresistible force of Title IX meets the immovable object of a potential suit against the school if the pregnant girl is injured during a game? Talk about your no-win situation for the school.
But here’s another wrinkle: McCollum told ABC News that while she was gone, her coach told the rest of the team that she was pregnant. Then when she came back he limited her playing time.
In my opinion the father should be located and beaten up. Sorry; that’s the only solution I can come up with.
Pregnant Volleyball Player Serves Complaint to FWISD [NBC Dallas-Fort Worth]
High School is a great place to learn how to file suit [Lewp's Weblog]
Sidelined [Good Morning America]
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