The following story in blue is from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The highlights are mine (jmp)
Cassy Blythe wants her daughter Maddy to play football again next season at Strong Rock Christian, a private school in Locust Grove, where the 12-year-old girl had a great time playing this year.
Maddy is among the middle school players in the team photo on the school web site,
But the school has changed its policy and decreed that Maddy can't play on the boys' team next year, devastating the girl and her family.
In a telephone intervew today, Blythe said the decision came out of the blue. “I am still in shock. I don’t know where it came from. All we had received from the coaches was encouragement. ‘Maddy’s wonderful. We want her to keep playing. She has found her niche.’’’
Blythe said the school principal had even come to a game and watched Maddy play. “He told me he was looking forward to her playing next year,” said Blythe, a former police officer now at home raising six children ages 1 to 12. (Her brood includes three stepchildren.)
But apparently the school’s CEO was not a fan of a girl playing on the team.
The family has launched a to convince the school’s CEO to reconsider his decision that it would be inappropriate for a girl to join the boys on the field -- even though Maddy played this year and did well.
I have called and sent a note to for comment on the story. Maddy has attended the school for seven years.
According to Blythe
1. “”The boys might have impure thoughts” Well, God bless them, 12 year old boys will have “impure” (whatever that means) thoughts come what may. And so will 12 year old girls! I suspect that “impure thoughts” are the last thing on the minds of boys/girls as they play (American) football. Their minds will be in winning.
2. The Locker Room talk might be a bit too much for her to handle”. I am shocked that boys in a “Christian School might be rude and crude (lol).
3. But of course: Girl children must be protected from the rude, crude talk of boy children. They are far too sensitive to handle it (lmao). And has it occurred to the School CEO that rude, crude talk is also damaging to boy children?
4. “Boys and girls should not compete in any sport”. Of course it would be so damn scary for male chauvinists for - after all – the girls might just win! It would be also be dreadful and sinful because fundamentalist Christians girls/women are supposed to be submissive to their male superiors (gag me to the max)
5. “He prayed about it and this was the right thing to do”. Oh for Christ’s sake – “garbage in, garbage out”. Just about every prejudice and malfeasance can be justified along the lines that “I
prayed about this.