Mother claims daughter was unfairly kept from playing on HS tennis team

USA Today High School Sports

Keshia Clemons and her attorney Teddy Gordon

Keshia Clemons and her attorney Teddy Gordon

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) – Shelby County Schools and staff members from Martha Layne Collins High School are named in a lawsuit filed in federal court.

Keshia Clemons claims her 14-year-old daughter Tatum was unfairly kept from playing on the tennis team.

Shelby County Schools spokesman Ryan Allen said the district plans to file a response in court, but cannot comment to the media due to federal privacy laws.

“They were setting her up to have a panic attack what they were hoping for,” Clemons said.

Tatum lives with Asperger syndrome and an anxiety disorder. Asperger’s is a form of autism and causes Tatum to be extremely sensitive and struggle with being social.

In the lawsuit, Clemons claims a new tennis coach made fun of Tatum for her Asperger’s in 2014–leading her to complain to the school.

“I submitted a 17 page complaint and received…

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