Three Batavia High School Students Suing for Lack of Equal Treatment

April 10, 2013 Updated Apr 10, 2013 at 7:56 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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April 10, 2013 Updated Apr 10, 2013 at 7:56 AM EDT

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WKBW) - A trio of local high school girls are suing to make sure they're on an equal playing field with the boys.

Three Batavia High School softball players say the boys have better facilities. The lawsuit says the district is in violation of Title Nine, which requires equal treatment of boys and girls in athletic programs.

The varsity boys baseball team plays at Dwyer Stadium with more than 2,000 seats, while the girls softball team uses a field players say is hazardous and has no ticket booth, lighting, and just a small set of portable stands in poor condition, according to the lawsuit.

Batavia School officials say back in 2011, taxpayers voted down a plan to improve conditions for the softball team.

The district does have plans to try again, and has put forth another proposal for improvements which will be voted on in May.

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