Pine-Richland hockey player's lawsuit citing Asperger's-related harassment dismissed

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A lawsuit filed Wednesday by a former Pine-Richland High School student who alleged harassment by officials of a district-affiliated hockey club was dismissed by the plaintiff today without immediate explanation.

The lawsuit that named as defendants the district and the Pine-Richland Hockey Association was withdrawn by plaintiff's attorney Jeffrey Ruder without prejudice, meaning it could be revived.

The former student, identified only as J.G., played hockey for years, but beginning in 2012 had "problems ... communicating with the coach, as well as with peer-on-peer harassment occurring during practices," according to the complaint.

J.G. has Asperger's syndrome, which is part of the autism spectrum of disorders and involves communication challenges, according to the complaint. His parents' complaints against the junior varsity coach were brushed aside by association and district officials, and as a senior J.G. was not accepted to the varsity team despite roster vacancies, according to the complaint.

Mr. Ruder could not be immediately reached for comment on the withdrawal of the lawsuit.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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