Do public school students have a right to play sports?
The mother of a Maumelle High School student sued the school, district and state after her son was dropped from the basketball team.
Teresa Bloodman filed the suit in October, and after months of hearings, motions and rulings, a trail date still hasn't been set.
In her lawsuit, Bloodman says her son (a freshman) made the team after two tryouts last August. After three months of practice, the coaches held a third tryout for football players transitioning to basketball.
Bloodman says nine of the basketball team's 11 players were replaced, including her son.
The suit states:
"...the deprivation of the right to a full and complete education which includes competition in sports and consequently athletic scholarships impairs *John Doe of a property right guaranteed under both the U.S. and State Constitutions."
Bloodman contends holding a third tryout violated her son's equal protection right, because it's not the same method used by girl's teams when they pick their squads.
She also says coaches Michael Shook and Grover Garrison are not certified or qualified to coach, and therefore not competent to decide who makes the team.
Finally, she contends her son wasn't given the opportunity to appeal his dismissal from the team, a due process violation.