Judge rules against boys seeking to join Portland High hockey team

Posted Nov. 15, 2011, at 10:29 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A judge has ruled against three Portland area high school students who wanted to join the hockey team at a school they don’t attend.

The boys sued the Maine Principals’ Association after they were denied a chance to play hockey at Portland High School because their own schools do not have boys’ hockey programs. Two are Deering High students while one attends Casco Bay High.

They argued they were victims of gender discrimination because girls from Deering are allowed to play for Portland High. Deering dropped its hockey teams last season.

The judge said in his ruling Monday that while playing hockey would benefit the boys, there was no evidence that there had been discrimination.

The boys said they were disappointed, but are glad they at least tried.



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