The Vermont School Sparked a Firestorm in High School Sports


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A Vermont Christian school that forfeited a game in the girl’s state basketball playoffs in light of the fact that its rival had a transgender student in the team’s roster will be precluded from taking part in ongoing tournaments, the sport’s governing association in the state said Monday.

The Vermont Principals Association (VPA) has determined that the Mid Vermont Christian School is in violation of policy and is ineligible to participate in future tournaments and has sanctioned it. This move applies to all sports.

An anonymous student from Hidden Valley High School gives their insight on whether they believe Vermont Christian School made the right decision to forfeit.

“I believe the Vermont Christian School has morals that differ from the trans community, but I think them forfeiting makes a really big statement and makes it morally wrong towards the trans gender student and the opposing team.”

Officials said the White River Junction-based school had failed to comply with the association’s policy on race, gender and disability recognition.

Mid Vermont Christian School was eliminated from the tournament prior to their match against Long Trail Mountain. Vicky Fogg argued at the time that it was unfair and unsafe for high school girls to play against physical men from opposing teams.

“We withdrew from the tournament because we believe playing against an opponent with a biological male jeopardizes the fairness of the game and the safety of our players. Allowing biological males to participate in women’s sports sets a bad precedent for the future of women’s sports in general,” Fogg wrote in a statement to Fox News Digital in February.

The student from Hidden Valley speaks on whether they believe trans women have the right to compete in women’s sports.

“I believe it truly depends on what level of sports is involved, but overall trans women should have the right to compete in women’s sports.”

Overall,  the state law prohibits discrimination against student-athletes based on gender identity, and said all disputes regarding the participation of students on athletic teams who do not match their biological sex must be resolved on a case-by-case basis.