A father of a high school student kicked off the track team has filed a lawsuit seeking $40 million plus 2012 and 2013 varsity letters and championship jackets, Philly.com is reporting.
Ervin Mears Jr. filed a federal lawsuit on May 17 – 11 days after his son, Mawusimensah Mears, a sophomore at Sterling Regional High School in Somerdale, N.J., was booted from the team. The suit names the coach, athletic director, principal, superintendent, and school board, and says the younger Mears was bullied and harassed.
The older Mears told Philly.com that – as a freshman – his son and the track coach disagreed over which races he should run, and that it was “unfair” his son was not allowed to compete.
According to the report, unexcused absences from practice were the official reason Mears was given for his son’s dismissal. Mears said a family death and injured leg kept his son away, and not allowing him to participate was bullying and harassment.
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