Lawsuit filed on behalf of Winamac girl who wants to play football

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

A Winamac girl who wants to play on her school's football team has been denied.

The team at Winamac Community Middle School in the Eastern Pulaski Corporation is made up solely of males.

The 7th grader wanted to try out for the team, but her and her father were told girls are not allowed to join. School officials, instead, told her to try volleyball or cross-country.

Thursday, the ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit on behalf of the student , against the school.

ACLU says it's a violation of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“Today's age has changed a little bit. When I was in school it was different. I think the girls need an opportunity just as the boys do to play the same sports that they do and be a big part of it because they are no different than we are,” says Winamac resident Kevin Roe.

Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation Superintendent Dan Foster said they hadn't received a copy of the lawsuit yet so he couldn't give much of a comment, but he did say, “We are disappointed at the general content of the lawsuit as we do not believe the parents exhausted all their opportunities at the local level before filing suit. Meaning, they never met with the former superintendent or board to voice their concerns/displeasure of the situation."

He says once the lawsuit is received their council will review it and advise them on what their next steps should be.

He did say that he is confident they will be able to resolve this concern in the best interest and safety of this particular student as well as future students.

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