Lake Worth High administrators never should have permitted 11 boys from Puerto Rico to suit up for the school’s baseball team last spring, the Florida High School Athletic Association has concluded.
While the dispute began when a rival coach cried foul claiming the teens were ineligible ringers, the findings could have a chilling effect, keeping hundreds, if not thousands, of students across the state from playing school sports because of their living arrangements, the Palm Beach County School District argues.
The LWHS coach was dropped. Seven of the 11 students are back in Puerto Rico, four graduated and are in the states at community college – and their discrimination lawsuit against the school and district dropped. But their attorney is still fuming.