20-year-old suing school for calling her a 'thug'

June 17, 2011 3:40:09 PM PDT
When you think of the word "thug", Caitlin Ortiz might be among the last people to come to mind.

"What have I done? I'm being portrayed as a thug or a bad influence," said Caitlin Ortiz.

But the 20-year-old college sophomore and star softball player is now suing her school, Molloy College, after she says her coach called her names and kicked her off the team, all over posts Caitlin had written on Facebook.

"I just got called into an office, and when I came to that office I was bombarded, and she said recruits are going to look at this and they're going to think this team is full of thugs," Ortiz said.

The post in question? "And I'm put this drink up like it's my last!", a lyric from a popular Chris Brown song, that she posted as a dig toward her friend after a disagreement.

"Forever this is Caitlin Ortiz, the one who was thrown off the softball team because she's a thug. How do you fix that?" said Caitlin's lawyer, Steven Morelli.

Morelli has filed suit against the school in federal court alleging discrimination because of Caitlin's race. She is the only player of Latin descent on the team, but she insists that she is not the only player making similar posts.

When she complained to them, Morelli said the school pulled Caitlin's $5,000 scholarship.

"It's about two things, number one, it's about discrimination in an education facility and number two, it's about retaliation when you report that discrimination," stated Morelli.

"She questioned my integrity, she questioned who I was, and that's why I am fighting. I want to fight for my name," Ortiz said.