Monday, July 15, 2024

The Real March Madness: Christian School Girls’ Hoops Team Punished for Keeping Players Safe

'Cancelling our membership is not a solution and does nothing to deal with the very real issue of safety and fairness facing women's sports... '

(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) A Christian school in Vermont was punished this week for defying an increasingly radical LGBT orthodoxy and trying to protect the safety of its student-athletes.

The Mid Vermont Christian School girls’ basketball team last month forfeited a state playoff game against an opponent that had stacked its team with a male player who claimed to be a transgendered female. School officials said they believed that the trans-player “jeopardizes the fairness of the game and the safety of our players.”

In retaliation, the Vermont Principals’ Association on Monday banned Mid Vermont Christian from all state-run activities and athletic events with other schools in Vermont.

The decree, which was issued with guidance from the principal association’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion in Activities Committee, means that all students — boys and girls — from the private Christian school are now ineligible to compete in all state sports or interscholastic activities, Vermont’s WCAX Valley News reported.

“The prohibition against discrimination includes discrimination based on a student’s actual or perceived sex and gender,” the association declared. The VPA “reiterates its ongoing support of transgender student-athletes” as “part of building an inclusive community for each student to grow and thrive.”

The inclusiveness didn’t extend to anyone who thinks that for safety reasons biological males shouldn’t be allowed to participate in female sports, as Mid Vermont Christian learned the hard way.

The school’s original decision seemed reasonable and in the best interests of student safety, said Mid Vermont Head of School Vicky Fogg.

“We withdrew from the tournament because we believe playing against an opponent with a biological male jeopardizes the fairness of the game and the safety of our players,” Fogg wrote in a statement to WCAX. “Allowing biological males to participate in women’s sports sets a bad precedent for the future of women’s sports in general.”

The principals’ association not only disagreed, but were openly hostile in blaming Fogg’s desire to protect her students as the problem.

“If you don’t want to follow VPA rules, that’s fine,” Ray Nichols, the association’s executive director told the VT Digger said. “But then you’re just not a VPA member. It’s fairly simple. That’s really all we’re gonna really say about it.”

The dismissive and exclusionary attitude is nothing new for Vermont’s cancel cultists, according to the Daily Signal. Last year, a Vermont middle school coach was suspended without pay for “misgendering” a trans athlete and supporting a group of girl soccer players who felt uncomfortable about changing in front of their trans (male-to-female) teammate.

Fogg told Fox News Digital that Mid Vermont Christian was disappointed in the principals’ association’s latest decision and planned an appeal.

“Cancelling 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,” Fogg said. “We urge the VPA to reconsider its policies, and balance the rights of every athlete in the state.”

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