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Family Explains Discrimination Lawsuit Against Batavia Schools

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BATAVIA, N.Y. - There's new information about a discrimination lawsuit 2 On Your Side reported on Wednesday.

A group of Batavia softball players and their families have filed suit against the Batavia City School District, claiming a clear injustice.

Liz Myers, her sister Rebecca and father James are plaintiffs in the lawsuit, along with another family. They contend that female softball players should have a field to play on that's just as good as their male counterparts who play baseball.

The girls softball team plays in a lonely, rundown high school field that they say is not well-cared for. While, the boys varsity team plays in a $3 million "field of dreams," that's called Dwyer Stadium. A minor league team also plays there. The field is flat - there's plenty of space for fans - a scoreboard, and other features that the girls don't have.

"You can definitely tell between the baseball and the softball teams, there's a difference," said Liz Myers, "the conditions on the field definitely impairs our ability and level of play, when we're playing the ball is all over the place."

"[There's been] no significant improvements made to the girls varsity, other than quick fix and no improvements that are notable," said James Myers.

Batavia city schools declined our request for an interview, though it says in a statement that it has made regular upgrades to the softball field. In 2011, it says it put together a plan that was shot down by voters. Last year, it says it put together a study that would bring in dugouts, fencing and a scoreboard. This plan according to the district, will be put up to a vote next month, in a referendum that will be left up to city residents to decide on.

The Myers family is concerned that the plan could be dismissed again by taxpayers.

"We just want to have the same pride, that the guys have walking out onto Dwyer Stadium, that we can feel walking out onto our field," said Rebecca Myers.

 

The district calls the lawsuit misguided. School officials also say that the stadium can't be configured to allow softball to be played there.

In that statement school officials say they believe they can renovate the softball facilities in the near future.

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