School bans player from football because she’s a girl

A 12-year-old Georgia girl is fighting to be allowed to play football for her middle school.

A statement from Strong Rock Christian School said Maddy Baxter would not be allowed to play for the school’s seventh-grade football team because “Middle school girls play girls’ sports and middle school boys play boys’ sports.”

Maddy was the starting defensive tackle for the school’s sixth grade team last year.

Maddy’s mother, Cassy Blythe, said the school’s CEO told her boys have lustful thoughts  that might prompt them to think of Maddy in an impure way.

Cassy Blythe thinks that’s an archaic way of thinking, and that the CEO needs to “get with the times.”

Maddy and Cassy started a Facebook page in support of Maddy’s campaign to play football for her school.  The page had nearly 35,000 likes by Wednesday afternoon, June 26, 2013.

Maddy says it’s her dream to get a scholarship one day and to be one of the first female football players in college.

Maddy may play in a recreational football league if the school authorities don’t change their minds, or she may transfer to a different school so she can play football.

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