PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Principal's Association is facing a lawsuit for it's refusal to allow some Deering High School hockey players to suit up for Portland High School.
Only 5 Deering students have signed up for the hockey program, meaning there will be no team this year. Parents of those players say the only option for their kids is to play for the city's other high school team, Portland. But the MPA's Interscholastic Management Committee has said no.
However it is allowing Deering girls to play for Portland High School. The attorney representing players and parents says that's discrimination.
"When you have two exactly situated groups, boys and girls, one gets the opportunity, one doesn't that's racial discrimination on the basis of sex. So under the law, at that point, it becomes the MPA's burden to justify their decision", said attorney Paul Green.
In a statement MPA Executive Director Dick Durost wrote..... "While great strides have been made in Maine's efforts to create overall equal athletic opportunities for boys and girls, a disparity still exists."
Durost says committee members were cognizant of that when they made their decision.