The junior cross-country and track athlete is upset after she said she got in trouble for working out in a sports bra while boys were allowed to workout shirtless.
HOUSTON — A Spring Branch ISD high school student is raising her voice after she said she was reprimanded for working out in a sports bra while male athletes practiced shirtless.
The girl is a student at Spring Woods High School and is on the girl’s cross-country and track teams. She said that after she complained about the gender discrepancies between boys and girls, she was denied an award that’s a “critical credential for college applications and recruiting,” according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas.
She also objected to what she called “unequal coaching and training of the girls’ cross-country team.”
The girl is a junior and said she was disciplined for wearing a sports bra while she was working out in 100-degree heat. She claims she had the best performance record on the team and was the only student-athlete to have never missed a practice. She said that while she’s still running, her love for the sport is not what it once was.
The ACLU sent a letter to SBISD on behalf of the student, warning the district that the actions potentially put them in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment and Title IX. Click here to read the letter.
Here’s the statement issued by Spring Branch ISD:
“Spring Branch ISD denies any discrimination and treats students equally and fairly. We are aware of the situation with one student at one of our high schools who is dissatisfied with SBISD practices, which are applied to all athletes at that campus. SBISD is currently investigating this matter.”
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