Mom files federal lawsuit after son doesn't make high school soccer team

Posted at 3:02 PM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-01 15:02:13-04

LADUE, Mo. (AP) — A mother is suing a northeast Missouri high school for discrimination after her son didn’t make the varsity soccer team and was kicked off the junior varsity team last month.

KTVI reports that the mother is identified as Jane Doe in the lawsuit against Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

Ladue officials said Friday that a junior who doesn’t make the varsity team can’t return to the junior varsity team. According to the lawsuit, this amounts to age and sexual discrimination because the same rules don’t apply to younger students or to girls.

The boy's mother claims that her son will face "irreparable harm" if he's not put on the team, according to the Riverfront Times.

The family sued after Ladue Superintendent Donna Jahnke decided the family’s complaint was unsubstantiated.

In courtroom testimony Friday, coach Dave Aronberg said the seven juniors cut from the varsity team weren’t good enough for the junior varsity team.