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Batavia School District Faces Discrimination Lawsuit

9:26 PM, Apr 11, 2013   |    comments
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BATAVIA, NY - The Batavia City School district is facing a lawsuit from three parents on gender discrimination in sports.

The lawsuit was filed by James Myers, Susan Myers and Maria Walsh on behalf of their daughters, who play softball for Batavia High School.

WEB EXTRA: Click here to read lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges the district discriminates "against the girls' softball players by providing superior facilities and equipment to the boys' baseball program than it provides to the girls' softball program."

The parents claim the boys get to play their games at Dwyer Stadium, which is a minor league baseball stadium, while the girls' softball team must play on a field at the high school.  The parents say the field where the girls play is filled with gravel and is unsafe.

The district released a statement that states the district is working on a proposal for residents to vote on to improve the field where the girls' softball team plays.

READ:  Batavia School District's statement

The statement also points out that the Dwyer Stadium has been hosting the boys' varsity games since the 1970's and that the stadium is not configured for softball regulations.

2 On Your Side will have more on this story coming up on Channel 2 News First at 5pm.

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