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    On May 6, Mawusimensah Mears, a sophomore at Sterling Regional High School in Camden County, was kicked off the team, the suit says.

    Eleven days later, his father Ervin Mears Jr. sued in Camden, naming the coach, athletic director, principal, superintendent, and school board.

    The suit says his son was subjected to bullying and harassment. It seeks $40 million plus 2012 and 2013 varsity letters and championship jackets.

    “Interfering?” Mears asked, his voice rising in response to a question about whether filing a lawsuit was interfering with the school’s prerogatives. “That’s my son. I better interfere. I better make sure he gets every opportunity.”

    “I felt in a way, disrespected,” Mawusimensah, 16, said Friday. “At practice, I work hard and I try to be the best athlete I can be, but at meet time, I didn’t get the respect that I thought I deserved.”

    Now he and his dad think he deserves $40 million. And a letter sweater.
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    Get over it. Your kid sucks. Why not try talking to the coach to see why his kid got cut and work on whatever the problem is so next year he can kick ass. Other kids are gonna ridicule him so much now. We're turning into a nation of I didn't get want I think I am entitled to, so I'm gonna sue... Cry me a fucking river
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    You know what else will hinder his son's ability to land a college scholarship? Having a father who sues the school district, school, principal, and track coaches for $40 Mil, that's what.
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    I can remember not making the high school JV basketball team as a freshman, and my dad telling me "you just stepped up a level, you aren't taller than everyone else anymore, your just average height now, you need to get better or you aren't going to be playing anymore."

    Maybe this dad should give his son the same advice, "get better, then they can't cut you."
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    Was he cut or was he kicked off? If he was kicked off. Why?

    I hate these articles that give no real information in them just trying to get reactions from people.

    If he was cut because he wasn't good enough then this father is a jackass but I'm guessing, and hoping, there's much more to this story.

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    Put him back on the team. Put up or shut up... case closed, $40 million saved.

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    There's a point Ervin Mears Jr. wants people to understand, and it's the reason he filed a federal lawsuit when his son was ousted from the high school track team:

    "Children have rights," Mears, 68, said, "just like any adult."

    In this case, he said, it's the right to run.

    On May 6, Mawusimensah Mears, a sophomore at Sterling Regional High School in Camden County, was kicked off the team, the suit says.

    Eleven days later, his father sued in Camden, naming the coach, athletic director, principal, superintendent, and school board.

    The suit says his son was subjected to bullying and harassment. It seeks $40 million plus 2012 and 2013 varsity letters and championship jackets.

    Sterling's interim superintendent, Paul Spaventa, declined to comment, citing the pending litigation and student privacy.

    "Interfering?" Mears asked, his voice rising in response to a question about whether filing a lawsuit was interfering with the school's prerogatives. "That's my son. I better interfere. I better make sure he gets every opportunity."

    Is it rare for parents to sue over high school sports? Yes, according to local school and athletic officials, who say they have been threatened with suits but never actually sued.

    Is it rare for parents to push hard to get their children off the bench? Not at all.

    "Sports is a lightning rod," said athletic director Steve Iles at Delsea Regional High School in Franklinville. "If you look at society and our culture, sports is a very big part of it.

    "It's an emotional issue anytime you are dealing with parents, children, and their sports," he said.

    Mears, a disabled veteran from Lawnside, filed the suit on his own, without a lawyer's help.

    He ran track in high school and the military and said his son "comes from a family of track winners." The boy was the "undefeated champ" in the 200-, 400-, and 800-meter runs as an eighth grader at a Catholic school in 2010, the suit says.

    That promise, his father said, should have translated into a key spot on the team when, as a ninth grader, Mawusimensah entered Sterling Regional High School in Somerdale. Sterling draws about 950 students from Magnolia, Hi-Nella, Somerdale, Stratford, Laurel Springs, and other towns.

    But things started to sour in his son's freshman year, Mears said, when he and his son's track coach disagreed over which races his son should run.

    It's unfair, Mears said, that his son wasn't allowed to compete, even though he may have been faster than some seniors who raced. "If he doesn't qualify, then the clock will say he's not fast enough," said Mears, who worries his son may be losing out on the possibility of a college athletic scholarship.

    "Let him get some exposure," Mears said.

    Unexcused absences from practice were the official reason Mears said he was given for his son's dismissal. That's an excuse, Mears said. A family death and injured leg kept his son away.

    "Participation in extracurricular activities is a right," Mears said.

    Not allowing his son to participate constitutes bullying, harassment, and an "abusive school environment" in which the sophomore's rights to due process and freedom of speech were impeded, the suit says.

    "I felt in a way, disrespected," Mawusimensah, 16, said Friday. "At practice, I work hard and I try to be the best athlete I can be, but at meet time, I didn't get the respect that I thought I deserved."

    Joseph Rafferty, superintendent of the Gloucester City School District, has been a track coach, principal, superintendent, athlete, and the father of children on sports teams.

    "I can understand how the father feels. I can understand the coach," said Rafferty, who has also had to back up his coaches as a principal. "Sometimes you're not going to make anybody happy."

    Though he said he didn't know the particulars of the issue at Sterling, figuring out whom to run in a meet is tricky, he said. Individual prowess has to be weighed against the overall team score.

    Acknowledging that parents can reasonably be concerned about scholarship prospects, Rafferty said he worried that in their concern, their children "lose the enjoyment of the activity."

    As Mears' lawsuit embarks on its slow race through federal court, his son is staying on track. On Saturday, he was set to run in a United Age Group Track Coaches Association meet in Philadelphia.

    Temple University psychology professor Frank Farley, a former president of the American Psychological Association, worries about "unintended consequences" in a situation like this, including any potential backlash from classmates of Mears' son if they perceive the father to be overly involved.

    But, he added of that involvement, "the positive side is at least they are concerned about their kids, in contrast with many parents who don't get involved at all."

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    "unexcused absences".

    There you go, you don't show up for practice, you get cut. Simple.

    Maybe the coach is lying and obviously it will all come out in the end, but at first blush it just seems the dad is a moron.

    Extracurriculur activities are not a right when there is competition involved.

    Building the homecoming float, yeah, running track or starting at quarterback, you have to earn those, it isn't given to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buschman View Post
    Get over it. Your kid sucks. Why not try talking to the coach to see why his kid got cut and work on whatever the problem is so next year he can kick ass. Other kids are gonna ridicule him so much now. We're turning into a nation of I didn't get want I think I am entitled to, so I'm gonna sue... Cry me a fucking river
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    "unexcused absences".

    There you go, you don't show up for practice, you get cut. Simple.

    Maybe the coach is lying and obviously it will all come out in the end, but at first blush it just seems the dad is a moron.

    Extracurriculur activities are not a right when there is competition involved.

    Building the homecoming float, yeah, running track or starting at quarterback, you have to earn those, it isn't given to you.
    Correct, at my sons high school every absence has to be accompanied by a note either from a parent if it's non medical or a doctor if it's an illness lasting more than 5 consecutive days. Just because this kid may be hobbling around on crutches doesn't excuse him from attending even his track meets without a doctors note. But like you said, we'll have to wait and see. Then again come to think of it, I really don't give a shit

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    What a piece of shit that father is. Way to teach your kid how to be a whiny little puss bag.
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    When asked about his alleged "unexcused absences" the teen said:
    "If I can't practice, I can't practice. It is as simple as that. It ain't about that at all. It's easy to sum it up if you're just talking about practice. We're sitting here, and I'm supposed to be the star, and we're talking about practice. I mean listen, we're sitting here talking about practice, not a meet, not a meet, not a meet, but we're talking about practice. Not the meet that I go out there and die for and run every meet last it's my last but we're talking about practice man. How silly is that?

    Now I know that I'm supposed to lead by example and all that but I'm not shoving that aside like it don't mean anything. I know it's important, I honestly do but we're talking about practice. We're talking about practice man. We're talking about practice. We're talking about practice. We're not talking about the meets. We're talking about practice. When you come to the field, and you see me run, you've seen me run right, you've seen me give everything I've got, but we're talking about practice right now.

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    i don't know if the father is right or wrong to be pissed at the kid not being on the team, my guess is that he's right but, as usual, there's so little information given in this stories.

    That said, I think there's a huge difference between "coach is a douchebag and I'm gonna call the principal so he knows what a douchebag he is" and "I'm suing for 40 million dollars". American society, and sadly Canada's is starting this way too, is just so quick to sue people for the most insane things. It's very sad.

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    Track was my sport. I excelled at it, earned a scholarship to run at the University of Nebraska (where the N stands for kNowledge), and one of the things I most appreciated about track was it serves as a great equalizer.

    Unless you're a relay specialist, you are on your own. My time is my time, and if I sucked, I can't blame it on a referee, or a teammate, or a time out, or a bad play, or anything else but my own ability.

    What's more, if I have the courage, I can compare my abilities with track runners from years ago and from generations ago. A 1600-meter run 50 years ago is a 1600-meter run today. (Our surface is better and our shoes are lighter, but otherwise, it's your leg speed doing the talking forever.)

    Which brings me to a point Mike is making - there's too much information missing from this story.

    Is the kid fifth-fastest in the 200 and the team can only carry two 200-meter sprinters? Do his times stack up?

    If they do, I still give the coaches the benefit of the doubt until I hear more. My gut says this kid's attitude sucks and the coaches wanted to remove a bad apple from the bunch. The "I can miss practice" attitude would NOT have gone over with any coach I ran for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve mcqueen View Post
    When asked about his alleged "unexcused absences" the teen said:
    "If I can't practice, I can't practice. It is as simple as that. It ain't about that at all. It's easy to sum it up if you're just talking about practice. We're sitting here, and I'm supposed to be the star, and we're talking about practice. I mean listen, we're sitting here talking about practice, not a meet, not a meet, not a meet, but we're talking about practice. Not the meet that I go out there and die for and run every meet last it's my last but we're talking about practice man. How silly is that?

    Now I know that I'm supposed to lead by example and all that but I'm not shoving that aside like it don't mean anything. I know it's important, I honestly do but we're talking about practice. We're talking about practice man. We're talking about practice. We're talking about practice. We're not talking about the meets. We're talking about practice. When you come to the field, and you see me run, you've seen me run right, you've seen me give everything I've got, but we're talking about practice right now.
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