Parents say son is forced to sit out from sports despite following rules

Posted at 6:20 PM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 18:20:52-05

A major hold up for a Farmington Hills high school athlete as his parents say their son has been forced to sit out after transferring schools, despite meeting all the requirements.

According to the rules, the student should have been granted access to his athletic program immediately, and that's why the family is questioning why it's taking so long.

Joseph Stevens says his son, Joseph Jr., was a top football and track athlete at Farmington High School. But, he says after a financial hardship, the family was forced to make a move.

"We moved to downsize, but once we moved here, we moved close to Farmington Harrison school," he said.

After the transfer, the parents were told their son couldn't play for at least six months, unless he could prove he's not just moving for athletically-motivated reasons.

The guidelines say as long as the students moves in with the people he was living with before, an can prove the old home was sold or rented, they should be in the clear.

But after a month of back and forth with the district, the parents are still being told that the matter is still under investigation.

The school said they are working with the family to determine eligibility to make sure the athletic programs are not being compromised by an ineligible player.

As for how long the investigation will take, they're hoping it will be wrapped up by the end of the month.