White River Junction high school girls basketball team forfeits game over transgender opponent

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WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Mid Vermont Christian School girls high school basketball team withdrew themselves from a playoff game, citing concerns about the fairness and safety of the game.

The school’s head of school, Vicky Fogg, expressed concerns about allowing biological males to participate in women’s sports, calling it a bad precedent for the future of women’s sports.

Vermont law allows transgender students to play on girls’ high school teams, but the school that forfeited had previously expressed reservations about following anti-discrimination laws due to religious beliefs.

MVCS and another religiously affiliated school had previously told the Vermont Board of Education in a request for public funding that they reserved the right not to follow all of Vermont’s anti-discrimination laws because of religious beliefs.

This incident highlights the ongoing debate around transgender inclusion in sports, particularly in regards to fairness and safety concerns.

While some argue that transgender athletes should not be allowed to compete in sports corresponding to their gender identity, others advocate for inclusivity and equal opportunities for all athletes, regardless of gender identity.

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