Spiro Baseball Team Allowed Back In Locker Room While Lawsuit Looms

The Spiro High School boys’ baseball team was banned from their locker room because of allegations the school did not offer similar facilities for the girls’ softball team. Although a lawsuit still looms, the team was let back into the locker room this week.

The school currently has a Title IX law suit against the team. Title IX is a law to ensure equality in sports. One parent filed the lawsuit due to the lack of a facility for a softball team at the high school.

Once the Superintendent, Don Atkinson, got word of improvements being made in the locker room, he took pictures of the new locker room and showed them to his lawyer, according to Frankie Soloman, a parent and booster club member.

Soloman said his son texted him Feb. 28, saying they were no longer allowed to use the locker room.

Soloman and Russell Wilson, another parent, went to meet with the superintendent regarding the issue.

Soloman said the superintendent told him, “Since the booster club had made improvements to the locker room that they were no longer going to allow the baseball boys to use the locker room.”

According to Soloman, he was told that if changes hadn’t been made to the locker room, the players could still use it, but with the new changes, it could cause issues with their ongoing legal case.

“My question to him was why was this done instead of doing what’s right for the girls,” said Soloman.

Soloman later called the softball parent with the lawsuit and explained what was going on with the baseball team.

The parent’s lawyer sent a letter to the superintendent stating the improved locker room would not effect their suit, according to Soloman. The boys were allowed back access to their facilty Thursday (March 6).

Wilson said he was happy they confronted the superintendent on his decision to take the locker room away.

“We’ve got to do what’s right for our kids as a whole, whether it’s sports or education. I mean, we’re in this for the kids,” said Wilson.

The superintendent was not available for a comment, and the 5NEWS team was not allowed access to the renovated locker room.

Both parents said this issue shed light on what the softball team parents are going through, and they believe the school should do what is right.

6 comments

  • Bonnie Hart

    The one guy said they should have fixed the girls’ room first but that would have been illegal against the lawsuit, right? Just like the boys’ room shouldn’t have had any updates while the lawsuit is still in question. No changes to facilities while those facilities are in question pending the lawsuit. My town went through something similar a few years ago and we were told no changes at all until the lawsuit was settled. That kind of seems like a no brained.

  • Neil Cooper

    Drama queens are at it again. Funny how these parents are saying they’re in it for the kids. They’re in it for THEIR kids not to mention themselves. Their stupidity is going to hurt the school in the long run.

  • Waterman

    Small town politics. Stems back to people not getting their way. Goes back to a certain family not getting their way with the school board.

  • Concerned citizen

    Waterman, you’re exactly right. This goes back to people wanting to control the town and stirring up trouble where they can to achieve their short-sighted goals. Lack of intelligence and class leading to a mob mentality foaming at the mouth over something that has no relevance in the real world. Stop whining and devote your time and energy to something worthwhile! Praying for this town and it’s leaders.

  • Spiro Bulldog

    my kids go to spiro and so i know more than a lot how these people are conniving and controlling this town. they are ruining my childrens school experience. if i decide to send my kids to another school it wont be bc of teachers or administration. itll be because of these immature parents who are trying to live through their kids. they act like little kids throwing tantrums when they dont get their way. they already split up a church and now they are moving on to the schoool. i wish they would leave instead.

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