Female athletes sue school district, alleging discrimination

first_imgHead coach Jazmine Smith, standing far right, is pictured with members of the Strawberry Mansion High School Girl’s Lacrosse. — Photo by John Allen. (Courtesy Philadelphia Tribune)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A group of female student athletes have sued the School District of Philadelphia, alleging discrimination against Black students interested in playing “traditionally White” sports of lacrosse and field hockey. Strawberry Mansion High School student Nadirah McCrae and others say the district provided fewer resources to teams from lower-income or predominantlyBlack schools. Other allegations include cancellation of buses to take girls to games and schedules that deny them games against predominantly white high schools.Eyekonz field hockey was on display last year at the Olympic Day celebration at Haddington Recreation Center in West Philadelphia. — Photo by John Allen (Courtesy Philadelphia Tribune)Attorney Aaron Freiwald says officials didn’t believe the students had real opportunities or would be able to handle them.The district says it works to ensure equity and last year had more than 250 female student-athletes participating on 20 teams in field hockey and girls lacrosse.last_img

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