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For those of you who know me, you know I’m not really into sports.

But this particular story caught my eye the other day.

Yahoo News is reporting that an Arkansas mother has sued her son's high school for cutting her son from the school's varsity basketball team, claiming he was deprived the right of a full education because he was not allowed to take part in school athletics.

Teresa Bloodman, the mother of a Maumelle (Ark.) High freshman, whose name was not released because he is a minor, filed the suit against the school, district and state after her son was replaced on the school's basketball team following a third set of tryouts for the team that re-incorporated members of the school's football team.

Bloodman's son reportedly spent two months as part of the team after qualifying through two tryouts in August only to be replaced three months later by a member of the football team, as were nine of the team's 11 original players.

Bloodman asserts that her son has a constitutional right to participate in school sports, according to the article.

An excerpt from the suit reads, "…the deprivation of the right to a full and complete education which includes competition in sports and consequently athletic scholarships impairs John Doe of a property right guaranteed under both the U.S. and State Constitutions."

The suit further alleges the lack of an orderly appeals process for students who were cut is also a violation of due process.

Pulaski County Special School District attorney Jay Bequette reportedly said there is no clearly established right of parents to have their children compete in interscholastic athletics.

Experts think the case could possibly serve as a landmark case for how schools hold tryouts for varsity sports.

For the full story,which was contributed to by USA TODAY and Arkansas Matters, click this link.

Has your child ever been cut from a school sports team?

Do you think this mother has a valid argument and has good reason to sue?

Any other thoughts?

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