(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – Vermont has banned a Christian high school from all state-sanctioned activities and tournaments after the school refused to face an opponent featuring a biologically male “trans” athlete.
Last month, Mid Vermont Christian School refused to play Long Trail in a Division IV playoff basketball game.
Mid Vermont Christian School declared that the presence of a biological male on the opposing tea “jeopardizes the fairness of the game and the safety of our players.”
The Mid Vermont Christian School team thus chose to forfeit the game rather than play against a transgender individual.
Reacting to its choice, the Vermont Principals’ Association announced this week it had ruled that the private Christian high school had violated its policies on “commitment to racial, gender-fair, and disability awareness” and on “gender identity.”
The association, which governs high school athletics, said in a statement it had made an “immediate determination” that Mid Vermont Christian School and its 94 students should be ineligible for state-sanctioned activities and tournaments.
“VPA policies prohibit discrimination and/or harassment of students on school property or
at school functions by students or employees,” the body wrote, as cited by The New York Post.
“The prohibition against discrimination includes discrimination based on a student’s actual or perceived sex and gender,” it added.
Vicky Fogg, the Head of School at Mid Vermont Christian, reacted by declaring her institution was “disappointed” with the VPA ruling and would appeal it.
“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 wrote.
“We urge the VPA to reconsider its policies, and balance the rights of every athlete in the state,” she added.
“Allowing biological males to participate in women’s sports sets a bad precedent for the future of women’s sports in general,” the school head elaborated.
The report notes that the Long Trail Mountain Lions had played 20 regular season games with a biological male on the team before the Mid Vermont Christian School Eagles withdrew in protest against the practice.
At least eighteen US states have prohibited “trans” athletes from women’s sports, according to Movement Advancement Project.
State athletic associations in 25 states have also issued bans on biological males in girls’ sports, according to Trans Athlete.
The same website notes that “Vermont is one of only 10 states” in the nation in which the state’s athletic association has “friendly” guidance favoring “the inclusion of transgender and nonbinary high school athletes.”
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— New York Post (@nypost) March 14, 2023