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    A high school has been ordered to tear down bleachers the parents put up for the boys baseball team because the girls softball team bleachers aren't as good. Do you agree with this decision?



    The U.S Education Department?s Office for Civil Rights has forced a school in Michigan to tear down a brand-new set of bleachers for its boys? varsity baseball team because the new seating is nicer than the girls? softball bleachers.

    Plymouth High School in Canton, Mich., was ordered to tear down a new set of bleachers after government officials told them they?re no longer equal to the girls? bleachers. (Image source: WJBK-TV)
    The raised seating deck for the boys? baseball team, which was paid for with money raised by parents, was put in place because fans who?d come to watch games at Plymouth High School in Canton, Mich., were having a hard time seeing the game through the chain-link fence WJBK-TV reported.

    The parents installed the new bleachers themselves and even added a new scoreboard to the field, the station reported.

    But after an investigation by government officials, which was prompted by an anonymous complaint, the school was told it had to remove the new seating because it was ?no longer equal? to the adjacent girls? softball bleachers, which have yet to get a makeover of their own.

    Further, government officials said, the new boys? bleachers were not sufficiently handicap-accessible.

    The school agreed to tear down the new bleachers after government officials issued a citation.

    Plymouth High School superintendent Michael Meissen said the school will hold onto the new bleachers until they can come up with a plan that adheres to strict government rules and is ?fair to everyone,? WJBK-TV reported.

    The superintendent also said that the school doesn?t have the money to renovate the girls? bleachers. They will, however, add a new scoreboard to the girls? field soon:
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    This is sheer lunacy. The parents raised the money for the bleachers, the girls parents can raise money too.

    We have the best boys baseball field in our state, and our training facilities are equal to a division 1 college at our local high school. Years ago our coach figured out a way to raise funds from a bingo hall. At the time he offered some of the other sports at the school to help him get it started, they declined. Now they all complain about the amount of money the baseball team gets.
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    I did find an article that states they are at least saving the bleachers for when they can put some up for the girls team.

    I fault the school system. They should have known about the law compliance before the parents went and did this and perhaps they could have included the softball team and their parents so the equal bleachers and scoreboard could be put on their field too.

    The district should have also been well aware of handicap guidelines.

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    Why can't the girls use them? This is one of thing Title 9 was meant to equalize.

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    My guess was that there were 2 different fields?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    I did find an article that states they are at least saving the bleachers for when they can put some up for the girls team.

    I fault the school system. They should have known about the law compliance before the parents went and did this and perhaps they could have included the softball team and their parents so the equal bleachers and scoreboard could be put on their field too.

    The district should have also been well aware of handicap guidelines.

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    ITA with this. And IMHO the solution should not have been to remove the new bleachers but to find a way upgrade the girls' bleachers as quickly as possible. The fact that the parents raised the money & did the work doesn't sway me; they could have used some of that money to improve the girls' bleachers, too, maybe made it a joint effort. I can understand wanting to have a nicer field than the other schools, but the girls' field at your own school should be nice, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    ITA with this. And IMHO the solution should not have been to remove the new bleachers but to find a way upgrade the girls' bleachers as quickly as possible. The fact that the parents raised the money & did the work doesn't sway me; they could have used some of that money to improve the girls' bleachers, too, maybe made it a joint effort. I can understand wanting to have a nicer field than the other schools, but the girls' field at your own school should be nice, too.
    I disagree that the parents could not buy something nice just because the other parents did not. That would be like if there were two sisters. One worked hard, did odd jobs to earn money saved her allowance for a very long time and then bought a nice doll with it. Then the other sister who never did any extra chores to earn money and spent any money she did get on candy being all upset that the first sister could afford to buy a doll and she couldn't. Then the parents came in and took the first sisters doll away because the second sister was upset. Totally unfair IMO. The boys team worked really hard to save up the money for the bleachers. It is not their fault that the girls team did not do the same.

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    It was up to the district to tell these parents what the legal guidelines were. I am certain that these parents only had good intentions and no ill will to the softball team.

    It would have been nicer if all the team parents for both teams got together to raise money to get both fields in better shape.
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    There is a huge possibility that the parents of the girls team did not want to participate in the fund raiser for new bleachers. Why should the boys team be penalized for working hard and earning money?
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    The thing is, even if they didn't, the school has the responsibility to know the law which is that the baseball field can't be better than the softball field. The school has to provide equally.

    Think of it this way...if the parents of the kids in an AP Biology class banded together to buy supplies for their classes because the school can't afford new supplies for any biology class is that fair? Would it be better to get as many parents together to raise as much money as possible and spread it out amongst all the science classes and levels?

    I do feel bad for the parents. I think they worked hard and weren't given the right information which stinks.
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