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Christian School's Girls Basketball Team Forfeits State Tournament Over Trans Player On Opposing Team

Mid Vermont Christian School withdrew from the state tournament after claiming the trans player 'jeopardizes the fairness of the game.'

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In Vermont, a Christian school girl's basketball team withdrew from the state tournament when they found out the opposing team had a transgender player.

The head of Mid Vermont Christian School, explained the team decided not to play against Long Trail School in Dorset on February 21 because of the team's trans player.

"We believe 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."

While the Mid Vermont Christian School may have an issue with the inclusion of trans players, the state of Vermont disagrees.

“Students are allowed to participate in VPA activities in a manner consistent with their gender identity."

As expected, the internet had a lot to say about this topic.

There was a huge outpouring of support for the trans community.

The associate director of Outright Vermont, Amanda Rohdenburg, said in a statement the schools actions indicate Vermont is not immune to hate.

"What we’re seeing in Vermont and around the country is a heightened and coordinated effort to stop trans youth from existing and thriving as people."
"Our primary focus is to go where harm is done and to ensure that young people feel safe and seen. We want for the trans youth who is directly harmed and her family to know we are here for them."
"We also want all queer and trans youth in Vermont to know that we are here."

While we don't blame the students of Mid Vermont Christian School for a decision the administration made, what this teaches those students is having hate towards someone you don't know is more important than anything else.