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Christian School Bans 11-Year-Old Girl From Football Team Because Boys Might ‘Start Lusting After Her’


We’ve seen stories about girls being banned from playing youth football in the past, but never has one been this majestically comical. We take you now to Locust Grove, GA, where an 11-year-old girl, Maddy Paige, has been told by her Christian school that she will not be allowed to play football next year. Reason? Pre-teen Lust.

Maddy was the only girl on the Strong Rock Christian School team last season as a sixth-grader, and by all accounts was one of the school’s better players at defensive end. She had four sacks (five if you use mom’s stats), and said she had a great time, and that all of her teammates and coaches were supportive of her coming back the following season. But recently the school told her she wouldn’t be allowed to play.

“It’s like taking my dream and throwing it in the trash,” Maddy said.

Athletic Director Phil Roberts e-mailed 11Alive News a statement saying, “Our official policy is that middle school girls play girl sports and middle school boys play boy sports.”

But Mr. Roberts was much more descriptive when he talked in private with Maddy’s mom, Cassie. She explained in an interview with WXIA-TV Atlanta:

“In the meeting with the CEO of the school, I was told that the reasons behind it were, one, that the boys were going to start lusting after her, and have impure thoughts about her. And that locker room talk was not appropriate for a female to hear, even though she had a separate locker room from the boys.”

Because if you’re an 12-year-old boy, you really want to hit on that girl in full pads next to you in the suicide drill.

Of course this isn’t going to get really interesting until someone starts suing someone for gender discrimination. I was going to say that the Paiges should sue the school district back to the Middle Ages, but it looks like they’re already there.

Maddy will appear on the Thom Hartmann Show tonight at 7:30.

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  • Anonymous

    I hope that she sues…..Here’s a true story – One of my childhood friends (female) could not go to the swimming pool because people would “lust after her” —HOWEVER, her younger brothers (by two and three years) could go because they were boys….

  • moliere

    “I was going to say that the Paiges should sue the school district back to the Middle Ages, but it looks like they’re already there.”

    There is no school district, genius. It is a private school. Also, even if it were a public school, there would be no basis for the lawsuit. Even in public schools, females have no legal right to be on male teams. That’s why even future WNBA players aren’t on male high school basketball teams even though more than a few are clearly good enough to be reserves on some high school boys teams. The rare cases where females are allowed to play on male teams and vice versa is where a school doesn’t have a female sport but does have a corresponding male sport or vice versa, such as a school that offers a male swim team but not a female one, or a school that offers a female tennis team but not a male one. Even in those cases, while the females (or males) practice and train with the other gender, when they compete against the other schools they compete against the same gender. So even in these cases female swimmers don’t compete against male swimmers because they are on the male swim team. They train with the male swimmers but in meets they swim against females. But in sports where teams of their gender do not exist at all (i.e. baseball for women, softball for men) they don’t join male teams period – unless a rare school allows them to – and there is no legal obligation for them to. And again, these are public schools, not private ones.

    Some say that the problem was their initially allowing her to play on the team and then changing their mind. But that is nonsense … as if they didn’t have the right to correct a bad decision or anything. And while everyone is making a big deal of the “lust” quote, the reality is that anything that they would have said would have been taken as offensive. Had they stated that they were afraid that the girl might be injured, for example, folks would have played the gender card.

    I really wish folks would quit manufacturing outrage over cases like this and educate themselves as to what the law actually says.


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