Only in the South would something like this happen.
An Arkansas parent is suing her school district and the high school where her son attends classes simply because the lad was cut from the varsity basketball team.
Now, wait, you're saying. Why is this story coming out now, when high school hoops season ended two months ago or better for most kids?
Consider for a moment the judgment of the coaching staff at Maumelle High in Arkansas. After two preseason tryouts in August, they had their team. 10 out of the 11 players picked, including the son of our subject, were inexplicably cut in favor of players from the football team. No explanation.
Football players in other sports is fairly common at the high school level, especially at my alma mater, Troy High, where football players regularly will segue to basketball once the gridiron season is over. Some players will move on to other pursuits, such as hockey or baseball. As far as Teresa Bloodman is concerned, her son was wronged, and so she wants Maumelle High's coaching staff to explain themselves, claiming her son has a Constitutional right to participate in school sports.
What Mrs. Bloodman fails to comprehend is that while her son was good enough to make the team in summer tryouts, and bear in mind, the lad is a freshman who has three more years of eligibility left, time that could get flushed if mommy goes through with this frivolous litigation. I might add, the coaches still had three months before basketball season, time enough for some of the football players to ask in, and get their wishes granted.
Discrimination? Not a chance. It just happens to be business as usual. However, what gets Mrs. Bloodman a set of weasel ears is the hare-brained decision to file suit. She is doing this on her own, and hasn't gotten a whit of support from the parents of the other players who were cut the same way. It seems to me she is a stage parent who doesn't get it. No matter how talented your child is, he/she is not guaranteed a spot on a team just on your say so. The coaches have the last word, and if you don't like it, don't file a lawsuit. Pick up the phone and talk to the coach and hope for a straight answer. Even Judge Judy would tell you that.