- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to let students ruled ineligible to play high school sports to appeal the decision with a third-party arbitrator.

Republican Sen. Dan Claitor brought the bill for Clement Mubungirwa, a 19-year-old Ugandan refugee who was kicked off his football team at Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge for being too old to play.

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association doesn’t allow students who turn 19 before September to play sports. Mubungirwa, who spent his early childhood in refugee camps, turns 19 in July.

Bill supporters say Mubungirwa’s war-torn life story deserves special consideration. The association says it has never made an exception to the safety rule.

The governor’s office announced Thursday that Jindal signed the bill.

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Senate Bill 633 can be found at www.legis.la.gov