(WND) -- A 12-year-old girl has been kicked off her Christian school’s football team over the fear she might arouse “impure thoughts” among her male teammates.
Maddy Paige of Jackson, Ga., was the starting left defensive tackle as a sixth-grader for Strong Rock Christian School, a private academy in Locust Grove, Ga.
But she was recently informed by the private school’s CEO that she was not welcome to play as a seventh-grader.
“It’s like taking my dream and throwing it in the trash,” Maddy told WXIA-TV in Atlanta.
As far as a reason, Maddy’s mother, Cassy Blythe, told the station: “In the meeting with the CEO of the school [Patrick Stuart], 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 the locker-room talk was not appropriate for a female to hear even though she had a separate locker room from the boys.”
Blythe said Stuart also cited the Bible in making his decision.
“They couldn’t find an exact quote of why she shouldn’t play,” she told Fox5 in Atlanta. “He said, ‘The best I can up with is that men and women are created equal but different.’ And that is all he could say.”
Phil Roberts, the athletic director at Strong Rock, e-mailed news agencies a statement saying, “Our official policy is that middle school girls play girl sports and middle school boys play boy sports.” Continue reading via WND...