CIF-State appeals board denies Wells, Mitchell; ACLU next move

After having the appeal of the CIF-Southern Section’s ruling which made Miller senior girls basketball players Chloe Wells and Cassandra Mitchell ineligible denied last Thursday, the parents of Chloe Wells is trying to get the ACLU involved as part of a possible lawsuit.

The ruling on Wells – who starred for Miller’s CIF championship teams as a freshman and sophomore before moving out to North Carolina for her junior season – and Mitchell was handed down by the CIF-SS offices in November, as they denied the hardship waiver for Wells and Mitchell, who moved with Chloe to Southern California over the summer. After taking it to the CIF-State appeals court, Chloe’s mother Nyla is trying the ACLU route.

“It’s just a shame what they are doing,” Nyla Wells said. “It’s not right and we are going to fight it. Cassandra left a bad home situation to come out here and get to play and hopefully, get a scholarship. How they can say she’s not a hardship is beyond me.”

The Wells have just started the process of getting the ACLU involved, as they have presented their case to the organization’s lawyers. From there, the ACLU will decide whether they want to take on the case, a process that takes roughly a week according to Nyla Wells.

“We feel its gotten to the point where the civil rights of Chloe and Cassandra have been violated,” Wells said. “Hopefully they’ll take on the case and we can proceed with our next move.”