Christian School Forfeits Girls Basketball Game Over Male Opponent

A Christian school in Vermont refused to participate in a girls’ high school basketball game, noting that the other team had a male player.

Vermont law allows boys who claim they are female to participate in girls’ sports matches.

After finding out that its female students would be subjected to playing a basketball game against a team with a male player, the Mid Vermont Christian School in White River Junction made the tough decision to forfeit its basketball team from the Division IV state tournament rather than participate in Long Trail on Tuesday, reported Valley News.

“We believe playing against an opponent with a biological male jeopardizes the fairness of the game and the safety of our players,” MVCS head of school Vicky Fogg wrote in an email to the outlet.

Fogg then noted that allowing males to join what is supposed to be a women’s competition puts the entire genre in jeopardy.

A Newsmax report posted to Twitter showed anchor Katrina Szish discussing the matter with network contributor Deneen Borelli, who commented that “it all comes down to biology,” before adding that young girls deserve fairness when they participate in sports.

Best-selling author and well-known Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson reacted to a post about the Vermont high school’s choice to bow out of the match, writing, “It’s about time.”

Lauren Thomas, who serves as assistant executive director for the Vermont Principals’ Association, indicated she knew about the pullout but did not comment on it.

“I have received calls (from schools) asking for best practices and how to go forward knowing they were going to play a team with a transgender female on it,” Thomas reportedly told Valley News. “We just supported our stance and our best practices through our inclusivity statement.”

According to a description by the Vermont Agency of Education, the ‘best practices’ term Thomas invoked notably states that “Generally, students should be permitted to participate in physical education and sports in accordance with the student’s gender identity.”

Some educators have different opinions on the issue, such as Head of School Vicky Fogg, who stressed that it is both unjust and dangerous for high school girls to be facing off against boys.

“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. Allowing biological males to participate in women’s sports sets a bad precedent for the future of women’s sports in general,” Fogg said in a statement to Fox News.

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