Upper Valley religious school appeals ban from school sports
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (WCAX) - A religious school is appealing a recent decision that bans it from Vermont sports.
Mid Vermont Christian School forfeited the girl’s basketball state tournament because the opposing team had a transgender player on its roster. The school cited a “very real issue of safety” as the reason for skipping the game. The Vermont Principal’s Association issued a swift and sweeping penalty against the White River Junction school, banning it from all competition.
State Senator Rebecca White, D-Windsor County, says she supports the ban. “I don’t think it’s a bridge too far. The athletes that we’re talking about are unlikely to go onto the elite professional athletics. But that concept of discriminating against another young person -- it causes long-term outcomes for trans youth because they’re hearing rhetoric that is telling them that they’re not valuable -- that, in fact, they’re dangerous,” White said.
The school, in a statement, says it plans to appeal the decision, saying that “canceling our membership is not a solution and does nothing to deal with the very real issue of safety and fairness facing women’s sports in our beloved state.”
School banned from Vt. activities after forfeiting game to team with transgender athlete
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