In the last year, parents at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove, Ga. became accustomed to seeing Maddy, with her curly hair in a French braid tucked under her helmet, charging at the opposing team on the football field. The crowd cheered when she sacked her first quarterback. Other coaches stopped her in the parking lot after games to say that she’d done a good job.
So when the school told Maddy’s mother last week that it would no longer allow her to play on the boys' football team, Maddy was shocked.
“I sat there in silence for 10 minutes just thinking,” Maddy told TODAY.com. “I feel that it’s completely wrong.”
Her mom, Cassy Blythe, said the school’s CEO Patrick Stuart gave several reasons for the decision, including that the boys might have “impure thoughts” about Maddy, that the locker room talk might be inappropriate for her, and that boys and girls should not compete in the same sport. Blythe says the CEO also told her the school could make such a decision since it is private.
Strong Rock Christian School told parents in an email sent Tuesday that the board of trustees and administration “fully stand behind” the school's policy, entitled "Middle school girls play girls' sports and middle school boys play boys' sports.”
Wow. What do you think of their decision?