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CLARKSTON >> Clarkston High School student athlete Thomas Kithier has been ruled ineligible by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) to participate in high school athletics for a total of 180 scheduled school days, which is the duration of his senior year, according to a press release from the school.

The MHSAA alleges Kithier, who resides in Clarkston with his family, is in violation of the association athletic motivated transfer rule.

The MHSAA investigation stems from complaints filed by Macomb Dakota High School, Kithier former school, and the school refusal to sign Kithier Educational Transfer form, which would have granted him immediate eligibility. In response, Clarkston Community Schools has pursued all available appeals with the MHSAA to protect the rights of all students to pursue their passions without unnecessary barriers.

superintendent, I will not tolerate injustice, prejudice, or arbitrarily limiting students. We will not impose adult decisions that hamper long term achievements upon them, Clarkston Superintendent Rod Rock said in the press release. will stand up for every student, in every case. Just as we expect our Wolves to fight until the final whistle on the playing field, in the arena, in the classroom, and when battling life obstacles, we will fight for Thomas Kithier he our kid. 11px;

Kithier, an MSU commit,
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would have joined the 2016 17 Class A state champions and fellow future Spartan, Foster Loyer, by joining the Wolves this season.

my coaching career, there have been times where families moved to Clarkston and their sons played on my teams. My only concern when that occurs is that the families follow the rules set by the MHSAA, Clarkston coach Dan Fife said in the press release. is what occurred in this case, and yet, I find myself in the position (for the first time in 35 years) of having to defend the integrity of my player, the Clarkston basketball program, and myself as a coach. The MHSAA does not have a handle on transfers, and they making an example of Thomas.

move to Clarkston was a private family decision and one that we did not take lightly. We watched as our son school environment grew increasingly intolerable for him over two years, and we knew that staying at Macomb Dakota High School was not in his best interest, said the Kithier family in a statement.

researched several Michigan schools, and found Clarkston outstanding culture and academic curriculum to be a great fit for Thomas needs and future goals. Thomas is thriving socially and academically at Clarkston High School, but as a lifelong student/athlete, he is heartbroken to be denied the opportunity to participate in sports. We followed the rules, and our one and only motivation for transferring to Clarkston was to surround our son with a supportive community that sees him as a multifaceted human being, and not a commodity.

Kithier family made an educated and thoughtful decision to move the Clarkston school district because it provides the academic opportunities and an inclusive, supporting environment they felt was necessary for Thomas to grow as a student and a person, Kaul said. are the opportunities we embrace for all students, are at the core of who we are,
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and guide our principles. Thomas and his family found themselves in an academic situation he could not benefit from and a toxic cultural environment that was untenable and unhealthy. By blocking this transfer Dakota administration demonstrated that they do not have Thomas best interests in mind.