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Suit alleges abuse by PRP coaches

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Pleasure Ridge Park High School's varsity softball program continuously ranks among the top teams in the state.

But after last season, two girls wanted out.

In a lawsuit filed last week in Jefferson Circuit Court, Doug and Roseann Mercer claim their daughters were bullied, manipulated and abused, not just by other players, but by coaches and even head coach Megan Miller.

In one incident, the case alleges a coach cursed at and grabbed one of the girls.

The Mercer's attorney, Mary Rives said, "This lawsuit is not an attack on PRP not seeking retribution for what went on there. All the Mercers are hoping to do is get their girls on the softball field where they belong."

In August the Mercer parents transferred their now sophomore and junior girls to Ballard High School but the girls wouldn't be allowed to take the field because state rules say if you compete in any sport at the varsity level in one school then if you transfer you must sit out for a full year.

The parents struck out with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association which upheld its transfer rule on appeal finding the girls ineligible to participate.

JCPS spokesperson Ben Jackey said, "According to the PRP Principal allegations of physical or verbal abuse have not been brought to administrators at the school." Coach Miller and the staff in question remain JCPS employees.

The Mercers may have rallied late in the game.

Last week Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Mary Shaw granted a restraining order, which blocks the KHSAA ruling. Chad Collins, KHSAA attorney said, "We are disappointed that the court has sought or chosen to issue a temporary restraining order in the case and we'll seek to have our rules enforced fully and fairly for all the member schools."

The girls can legally participate at Ballard while the legal process plays out but they're yet to take the field.  Rives said, "They're devastated. They certainly didn't intend to be involved in the court system and they didn't want these allegations public."  

A new date has not been set for a future hearing on the restraining order. The softball season ends in June.  

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