Published: Thu, February 02, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Girl who wasn't allowed on boys' team is EXPELLED

Girl who wasn't allowed on boys' team is EXPELLED

A New Jersey girl who sued for the right to play on the boys' basketball team at her middle school has been expelled.

Now, the father says he's been informed that St. Theresa's is throwing his daughter out of school along with her younger sister.

Jim Goodness, with the Newark Archdiocese, pointed to a section of the parent-student handbook that reads, "If a parent implicates St. Theresa School in a legal matter, or names St. Theresa School as a defendant in a civil matter, the parent/guardian will be requested to remove their children immediately from the school".

Sydney Phillips, an unassuming, shy girl, said Wednesday she wasn't looking to be the face of a movement when her school said it wasn't having a girls basketball team this year due to a lack of interest.

The story of the 7th-grade girl whose parents sued St. Theresa's School in Kenilworth because they wouldn't let her play on the boys' basketball team just got a little crazier.

The family learned of her expulsion as she found camaraderie on the court Wednesday night, with members of the WNBA's New York Liberty team.

"I just want to play", she said.

Sydney Phillips plays with WNBA pros Sugar Rodgers and Brittany Boyd of the New York Liberty
Sydney Phillips plays with WNBA pros Sugar Rodgers and Brittany Boyd of the New York Liberty

"I think that's why we're bring her in and still encourage her".

"I'm bummed I couldn't play", she said Wednesday.

But, on January 5, a Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of the school, a decision her family has chosen to appeal. New York Liberty legend Teresa Weatherspoon said she can't fathom all of this coming from an institution where kids should be uplifted and not exiled. Her father previously said they went to the school for options and ultimately requested she play on the eighth-grade boys' team, but the school said "no way".

As Sydney was walking into the gym, it got worse.

The Phillips family had argued that the archdiocese does not have a specific rule prohibiting girls from playing on the boys' team.

However, the school said in a legal response that her application was filed late, which is disputed by the Mr. Phillips. "She has done nothing to that school, she's an honor roll student, she's in the Honors Society, she's on the school council".

The family is now appealing the ruling in favor of the school in January. She's hoping to play basketball in high school and college, and of course, if she's good enough this can lead to scholarships which any family finds valuable.

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