Following the announcement from the ACLU of Indiana indicating that they have filed a lawsuit against the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation on behalf of a female student who was denied a chance to play football on the school’s football team, the school corporation’s superintendent has announced that the lawsuit has been dismissed. Dan Foster told WKVI that the case was dropped after he was given the opportunity to meet with the parents and discuss a solution.
“Both attorneys had spoken via telephone and had consented to allow me to meet with the parents here in the office without any lawyers present, and we just expressed our concerns of why that originally came out that way. Secondly, we just went through and said, here are some things that we’re going to try to do to make sure your daughter is accommodated so she can play,” Foster said.
The student will be the first female to play football at the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation, and Foster said that the accommodations have been made and they’re doing everything they can to make sure that all privacy issues have been addressed.
“Basically, some privacy issues – obviously, being a female, she needed a place to change clothes after school for practice. Our athletic director has contacted the away schools and requested, if possible, access to a locker room, which would have restroom area in it. Obviously we would hate to make her be fully dressed in football uniform and then have to use a public restroom at a concession stand or something like that,” said Foster.
The ACLU filed the suit claiming that by denying the girl the chance to play football, they were violating the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. However, the matter has since been resolved, and the case has been dismissed. Now, the girl will soon be on the field alongside her male counterparts.