Father Sues For $40 Million After Son Is Booted From Track Team

By Emma Koch

Father Sues For $40 Million After Son Is Booted From Track Team

May 29, 2013 Updated May 29, 2013 at 10:47 AM EDT

CAMDEN COUNTY, N.J. (www.incnow.tv) – A father is suing his son’s high school for possible lost scholarship money after his son was kicked off the track team for missing too many practices.

Ervin Mears Jr. has filed suit against Sterling Regional High School after he says the school and its track coaches bullied his son, 16-year-old Mawusimensah Mears. Mears says his son wasn’t allowed to compete in the 200-, 400- and 800-meter races during his freshman year and that he was removed from the team May 6 for racking up unexcused absences from practice.

"Participation in extracurricular activities is a right," Ervin Mears told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Mears says that a family member death and injured leg were the causes of his son missing practices. He argues that the action the school took was in response to a disagreement with the coach about what events suited Mawusimensah the best. He cites favoritism toward older students as the reason his son wasn’t allowed to compete.

So Mears, in an act to defend his child, filed a lawsuit without the aid of a lawyer, demanding that the school pay $40 million and award his son his 2012 and 2013 varsity letters and championship jackets.

Mears says that because of the school’s actions, his son will miss out on possible college scholarships. He also cites that his son was the “undefeated champ” in the middle school 200-, 400- and 800-meter runs in the eighth grade.

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