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Banned: Vermont school over objection to transgender athlete

A Christian school in Vermont has been banned by the Vermont Principals Association (VPA) from participating in future tournaments as it withdrew from a game due to the participation of a transgender player on the opposing team. According to reports, Mid Vermont Christian School forfeited a game to be played by the school’s all-girls basketball team after it learned that a transgender (male-to-female) player was part of the opposing Long Trail School team. The head of the school, Vicki Fogg emphasized that the involvement of a biological male in the game hampers its fairness. Following that, the executive council of the VPA stated that the decision of the school violates the gender, race and disability awareness policies of the association.

Christian Headlines reports:

The Vermont Principals Association (VPA) has banned a Christian school from future tournaments after it forfeited a game because a transgender athlete was competing on the opposing team.

“The VPA again reiterates its ongoing support of transgender student-athletes as not only a part of building an inclusive community for each student to grow and thrive, but also as a clear expectation by Vermont state law(s) in the Agency of Education Best Practices, and in VPA Policy regarding transgender student athletes,” the association said in a statement released Monday.

As reported by Faithwire, Mid Vermont Christian School withdrew its all-girls basketball team on February 21 after learning that a male-to-female transgender athlete was playing on the opposing team from Long Trail School in Dorset.

At the time, the head of Mid Vermont Christian School, Vicki Fogg, stressed that the school believes “playing against an opponent with a biological male jeopardizes the fairness of the game and the safety of our players.”

“Allowing biological males to participate in women’s sports sets a bad precedent for the future of women’s sports in general.”

At the time, VPA’s executive council concluded that the MVC’s decision had violated the association’s policies on race, gender, and disability awareness. Moreover, Vermont law permits transgender female athletes to compete on female sports teams.

Read the full article here.

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