A Mississippi high school student has sued his school district, claiming his football coach dismissed him from the team for wearing pink cleats during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
According to the suit, filed last week in Simpson County Chancery Court, Mendenhall High School football coach Chris Peterson dressed down Coy Sheppard, a 17-year-old senior kicker, during an Oct. 8 football game for wearing the cleats.
When Sheppard arrived at practice the next week wearing the shoes, Peterson cut him from the squad, says Oliver Diaz, a former state Supreme Court justice representing Coy.
Because students in the Simpson County School District earn academic credit for sports, Diaz said, Coy’s “graduation may be in jeopardy.”
District Deputy Superintendent Tom Duncan said the problem isn’t the color of Coy’s shoes but that the student ignored the orders of his coaches to take off the shoes…
The shoes were a present from Coy’s 82-year-old great-grandmother, and he wore them in honor of his grandmother and step-grandmother, both cancer survivors, said his mother, JoAnne Sheppard. She said her son, who also plays soccer and works part time, has never been in trouble before.
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