Foul Out

A benched player's mom battles FBISD

The Campbells argue that the independent investigation wasn't independent, especially since one of the two attorneys who wrote it works for Feldman & Rogers, which represents the district. "Everything was distorted," Tammie Campbell says.

In a closed hearing, the school board voted to uphold the superintendent's ruling that Shar-day had not been treated unfairly and no reprimand of the coach or reinstatement of the player was needed.

In a press conference last week, the NAACP alleged "retaliation, abuse of power and stereotypical labeling" in the case.

Tammie Campbell (left) enlisted the help of Olivo in her fight.
Wendy Grossman
Tammie Campbell (left) enlisted the help of Olivo in her fight.

"This case is not about wanting the school board to decide who gets on the basketball team," says state Representative Dora Olivo. "We should never allow a teacher to use his power to retaliate…Schools are for children; everything we do should be for children."

Campbell says she feels this is an act of retaliation for her activism. "They're sending a clear message to me as an advocate that if you speak out and speak up, we're not going to do anything," she says.

The Campbells still believe that changes will be made, even if their daughter doesn't get to play. "Dr. King didn't benefit for all the things he did to make it better for us," Campbell tells her daughter. "But we have to continue to fight to make sure justice is done."

Regardless, Shar-day has been crying, can't sleep and has headaches so bad her mother has to take Tylenol to school for her. "Our daughter is hurting," Tammie Campbell says. Shar-day finished her physical education credits, but Campbell says Superintendent Betty Baitland wouldn't let her stay in basketball class.

Her parents tell her that being cut from the team has nothing to do with her physical abilities.

Even if the district disagrees.

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