School won’t let 12-year-old girl play football because of “lusting” male teammates
An Atlanta private school recently barred a 12-year-old girl from trying out for her school's football team because her male teammates could have "impure thoughts" about her, according to Strong Rock Christian Academy administrator Patrick Stuart.
Madison Baxter's mother Cassy Blythe told Atlanta's WXIA-TV that "in the meeting with the CEO of the school [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.”
Stuart went on say: "The best I can up with is that men and women are created equal but different," Blythe told Fox 5 Atlanta.
In a statement that richly explores the complexities of gender, nuances of adolescent sexuality and legacy of Title IX, Strong Rock Athletic Director Phil Roberts defended the school's decision thusly: "Our official policy is that middle school girls play girl sports and middle school boys play boy sports.”