The father of a high school track runner in Camden County, New Jersey, is suing his son's former coach, athletic director, principal, superintendent and school board after his son was dropped from the team.
According to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Ervin Mears Jr. says in his lawsuit that his son, Mawusimensah Mears, was subjected to bullying and harassment by being kicked off the team at Sterling Regional High School.
The defendants, according to court papers, are being accused of violating Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which, the suit says, "prohibits a student from being excluded from ... any educational program or activity that receives federal assistance."
According to the report, coaches said that Mawusimensah, a sophomore, missed too many practices. His father says his son missed practices because of a death in the family and a leg injury.
The older Mears claims the problems began when his son, who he said was undefeated in middle school in the 200, 400 and 800 meters, wasn't given proper exposure and allowed to run the races he excels at. ""If he doesn't qualify, then the clock will say he's not fast enough," Mears told the Inquirer.
Court papers show he is representing himself and wants $40 million plus the cost of two varsity letters and championship jackets.