I am 19, a senior in high school, and I have social anxiety disorder, PTSD, and depression. The school is clear on that. But during the entire basketball season, the coach never let me run through even one play in any practice, ever. Not even one play. I was the only senior who was subjected to this, and it was devastating.
Last year, I was at a different high school. They didn't assess me for an IEP or 504 plan despite the advocacy of my mom, doctor and psychiatrist. My mom just kept being told. "He's fine, he's fine." The school forced me into an English class based on the themes of human cruelty and suffering. I couldn't read the novels, I got really depressed. My mom notified the school, as did my doctors, that I couldn't stay in that English class. I hadn't been able to get out of bed for a while. The school flunked me instead, said I was fine going to that class. My English teacher even told the class one day that there was "no such thing as 'depression, that we just needed new hobbies.
That year the basketball coach called me gay, and a fag, etc.,and wound up not letting me on the team because I didn't "fit in with the other guys." Also, the team had told me that I had to be part of a disgusting hazing sexual ritual. My mom and I went together to report this to the superintendent. He did nothing.
I had problems the year before that, at yet another school. I was bullied, beaten, threatened with rape and murder if I showed up for basketball tryouts. I was denied a basketball tryout, in the end. So I haven't gotten to play basketball, the one thing that gives me any sort of peace, and high school is over. I deserved the same opportunities that everyone else got.
I'd like to file charges, it was disability discrimination
, and I can't ever get the time in high school back.