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Group Alleges Inequality in High School Sports

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District now finds itself having to defend against accusations its unfair to female athletes. The district is the target of a federal complaint filed by a women's law group.

Taylor Lommason is a sophomore soccer player at Silverado High School.

"There's not really a lot of support from the school. The principal doesn't even know we have soccer games," she said. "I think they should start putting up posters and saying you should come to the games. They're good -- especially home games. We play and have three people in the stands watching us. It's just not fun."

CCSD declined requests to interview high school principals. A federal complaint filed by the National Women's Law Center accused Clark County and 11 other nationwide school districts with neglecting to create equal sports opportunities for girls.

Coronado High School in Henderson is named in the complaint with the highest gap of nearly 14 percent. Numbers reported by the Federal Department of Education show 16 of 31 Clark County high schools have double digit participation gaps.

"Sometimes I feel like I signed up for nothing if I can't play," said Silverado sophomore Shaqara Monroe.

Other students praise school leadership.

"They're supportive. There's always people cheering and there's always administration and stuff like that," said Coronado senior Rose Shihazy.

The group that filed the federal complains say the stakes are high.

"Girls who play sports have better self-esteem and also in term of academics, they have better grades, better test scores," said Neena Chaudry with NWLC.

CCSD found out about the federal complaint when 8 News NOW told them Wednesday morning. They responded they do not comment on pending litigation. The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association also had no response.

The complaint filed by the NWLC is currently in the hands of the federal office for civil rights in Seattle. If they agree, they may begin an investigation of CCSD.


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