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Parents sue Huntsville City Schools for discrimination against female athletes

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Parents of three Huntsville High School students filed a Title IX complaint against Huntsville City Schools. The complaint accuses the school system of discriminating against female athletes.

The lawsuit states the school system does not provide equal amenities and opportunities for softball players at Huntsville High School. Specifically, the school system is accused of discriminating against female athletes in the following areas:

  • Athletic Funding
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Game and Practice Times
  • Travel
  • Coaching Opportunities
  • Locker Rooms and Facilities
  • Training and Medical Facilities
  • Publicity

The lawsuit states the baseball program currently has seven coaches, while the softball program has one coach. It also states the baseball program has a brick locker room with central heat and air, restroom facilities, a coaches' office, and DirecTV-type television service. According to the plaintiffs, the softball locker room is a trailer without working heat or air, no running water, no coaches' office, and no television service.

Huntsville City Schools issued the following statement:

"We always intend to follow Title IX and other statutes.  We have not had an opportunity to review this complaint. When we do, we will respond."

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