GATES v. BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION et al

Filing 4

ORDER re 1 Complaint, and 3 MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis, filed by MICHELLE GATES -
1. Clerk to forward to pltf a civil rights complaint form (non-prisoner, 42 USC 1983), and a motion for leave to proceed informa paupe ris. This case number s/b written on the forms.
2. Pltf shall have thirty (30) days to file Amended Complaint, typed/clearly written on court forms and shall comply with instructions herein, including naming proper party plaintiff.
3. Pltf's motion to proceed in forma pauperis (doc.3) is DENIED without prejudice. She shall either pay the $350. filing fee or file new application to proceed "IFP" within thirty (30) days.
Signed by Judge MILES DAVIS on December 22, 2006.

  • Amended Complaint due by 1/21/2007.
  • Filing Fee due by 1/21/2007; Alternatively, IFP Motion due by 1/21/2007.
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    GATES v. BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION et al Doc. 4 Case 3:06-cv-00555-MCR-MD Document 4 Filed 12/21/2006 Page 1 of 3 Page 1 of 3 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA PENSACOLA DIVISION MICHELLE GATES, Plaintiff, vs. BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, et al. Defendants. ORDER This cause is before the court upon plaintiff's filing a civil rights complaint under 42 U.S.C. 1983 (doc. 1) and an application for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. (Doc. 3). As an initial matter, the court notes that the named plaintiff in this action, Michelle Gates, is not the individual who has signed the complaint or the motion to proceed in forma pauperis. The court speculates that Mary E. Gates may be the mother of Michelle Gates, who appears to be a minor, but if that is the case, the complaint has not been brought in the proper format. Additionally, the signature on the motion to proceed in forma pauperis was cut and pasted from another document and the affidavit of financial status has not been properly completed. Thus, this motion is due to be denied. In addition, it does not appear from the allegations in the complaint that plaintiff has stated an actionable claim under 1983. In any section 1983 action, the initial inquiry must focus on whether two essential elements are present: 1. whether the conduct complained of was committed by a person acting under color of state law; and 2. whether this conduct deprived a person of rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States. Case No. 3:06cv555/MCR/MD Dockets.Justia.com Case 3:06-cv-00555-MCR-MD Document 4 Filed 12/21/2006 Page 2 of 3 Page 2 of 3 Parratt v. Taylor, 451 U.S. 527, 535, 101 S.Ct. 1908, 1912, 68 L.Ed.2d 420, 428 (1981), overruled on other grounds Daniels v. Williams, 474 U.S. 327, 106 S.Ct. 662, 88 L.Ed.2d 662 (1986); Duke v. Cleland, 5 F.3d 1399, 1403 (11th Cir. 1993) (citing Parratt). The allegations of the complaint are not entirely clear. Plaintiff appears to contend that she has been deprived of the opportunity to play her high school senior year of basketball due to the defendants' bias against her. It is not clear what grade she is in now, but she alleges that she had to repeat the ninth grade because she was busy helping her mother take care of her handicapped brother, and this apparently interfered with her eligibility to continue to play basketball. She appealed the decision not to allow her to play, but the defendants, who played some role in the decision-making process, denied her "request for hardship" because of plaintiff's performance in games played against the teams that the defendants coached. Plaintiff alleges discrimination, violation of Title IX of the Educational Amendments, a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment and violations of state law. Plaintiff's complaint is factually and legally insufficient. The most basic factual details underlying her complaint, as well as the role of the respective defendants in the alleged constitutional violations are unclear, as is the legal basis for her claim. If she chooses to amend her complaint, in the statement of facts, she must clearly describe how each named defendant is involved in each alleged constitutional or other violation, alleging the claims as to each defendant in separately numbered paragraphs and including specific dates and times of the alleged unconstitutional acts. It is essential that the facts relating to each defendant be set out clearly and in detail because in civil rights cases, more than conclusory and vague allegations are required to state a cause of action. Magluta v. Samples, 256 F.3d 1282, 1284 (11th Cir. 2001); GJR Investments, Inc. v. County of Escambia, Florida, 132 F.3d 1359, 1366 (11th Cir. 1998); Fullman v. Graddick, 739 F.2d 553, 556-57 (11th Cir. 1984). If plaintiff cannot state exactly how a particular defendant harmed him, she should delete or drop that person as a defendant from her complaint. In the section entitled "Statement of Claim," plaintiff must state what rights she contends have been violated, and she must provide support in the statement of facts for the claimed Case No: 3:06cv555/MCR/MD Case 3:06-cv-00555-MCR-MD Document 4 Filed 12/21/2006 Page 3 of 3 Page 3 of 3 violations. Plaintiff is advised that the amended complaint must contain all of her allegations because once an amended complaint is filed, all earlier complaints and filings are disregarded. Local Rule 15.1, Northern District of Florida. Furthermore, the allegations should be completely set forth in the complaint and continuation pages regardless of whether additional attachments are submitted. court and keep an identical copy for herself. Accordingly, it is ORDERED: 1. The clerk of court is directed to forward to the plaintiff a civil rights complaint form to be used by pro se (non-prisoner) litigants in actions under 42 U.S.C. 1983, and a motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. This case number and the words "Amended Complaint" should be written on the form. 2. The plaintiff shall have thirty (30) days in which to file an amended civil rights complaint, which shall be typed or clearly written and submitted on court forms and shall comply with the instructions set forth herein, including naming the proper party plaintiff. 3. Plaintiff's motion to proceed in forma pauperis (doc. 3) is DENIED without prejudice. She shall either pay the $350.00 filing fee or file a new application to proceed in forma pauperis within thirty (30) days. 4. Failure to comply with this order may result in a recommendation that this case be dismissed for failure to prosecute and to comply with an order of the court. DONE AND ORDERED this 21st day of December, 2006. If she chooses to file an amended complaint, plaintiff should file the amended complaint with an original signature with the /s/ Miles Davis MILES DAVIS UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE Case No: 3:06cv555/MCR/MD
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