Columbia, SC (WLTX) -The United States Department of Education and Office for Civil Rights has completed an investigation in a complaint issued last year on behalf of the female students against the Kershaw County School district, focusing on Lugoff-Elgin High School.
The complaint alleged that Lugoff-Elgin High school discriminates against female students by denying them equal access to athletic opportunities, including same funding, coaching, facilities and equipment.
An additional complaint alleged that the Kershaw school district retaliated against softball layers after a parent complained about funding for the team and the the Lugoff-Elgin high school's athletic director threatened to cut the cheerleading squad if the members posted offensive information on Facebook.
The Office for Civil Rights reviewed documentation submitted by the Kershaw school district, the complainants, their witnesses and conducted an onsite review of the school's facilities.
"After carefully considering all the information obtained during the investigation, the Office for Civil Rights determined that there's insufficient evidence to conclude that the school denied female students equal access to coaching, facilities and equipment, " according to a release issued by Dale Rhines, program manager for the Office for Civil Rights.
The Department of Education Office for Civil Rights is responsible for enforcing the Title IX of the Educaiton Amendments Act of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
"I am extremely gratified with these outcomes and appreciate the professionalism shown by the Office of Civil Rights as the school district responded to these complaints," said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan in a statement. "We made a good faith effort to review and address these concerns when they were first raised last year, but unfortunately the family involved never accepted my offer of meeting with them."