NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — According to a new civil rights investigation, thousands of girls are missing out on the chance to play sports in New York City high schools.
“For boys, they have varsity and junior varsity. But for girls, they only have varsity,” ninth-grader Kayla Roache, of Business of Sports School, told CBS2’s Alice Gainer.READ MORE: NYPD: 2 Gunmen Wanted After 10 Shot In Front Of Queens Business; 'A Brazen, Coordinated Attack'
“It’s very popular with the guys, but the females have a different point of view,” said 11th-grader Jacen Hayes, of Manhattan High School.
“(Do you think there are plenty of opportunities for females to play sports in school?) Yeah, there is. We have softball, flag football,” said 11th-grader Denise Cabrere, of Business School of Sports.
“They have women’s basketball teams in this school, and volleyball teams and all that other stuff,” said Tiana Florival, 10-grader at Business of Sports School.
“They finally made a girls basketball team in this school,” said Aaron Vega, a Manhattan High School 10th grader.
According to civil rights officials, New York City public schools are in violation of title IX by failing to provide high school girls with the same opportunities to play sports as boys.