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Vermont Christian School Banned From Interscholastic Sports After Refusing to Play Against Transgender Athlete

March 14, 2023

Mid Vermont Christian School in Quechee has been banned from participating in Vermont school sports events after it forfeited a girls’ basketball game against a team with a biological male who identifies as a girl.

The Vermont Principals’ Association, which governs school athletics in the state, announced on Monday, March 13 that the school will no longer be eligible to participate in sports and other sponsored activities, according to VTDigger.

This decision was announced after a meeting of the Vermont Principals’ Association’s executive committee, which determined that the school had violated the organization’s anti-discrimination and gender identity policies. These policies allow athletes to play on the team that is “consistent with their gender identity” and prohibit discrimination “based on a student’s actual or perceived sex and gender.”

Jay Nichols, the executive director of the Vermont Principals’ Association, told VTDigger that the 15-member executive board of the organization made a unanimous decision.

“If you don’t want to follow VPA rules, that’s fine,” Nichols said, according to VTDigger. “But then you’re just not a VPA member. It’s fairly simple. That’s really all we’re gonna really say about it.”

Mid Vermont Christian School made headlines last month when its girls’ basketball team refused to play against Long Trail School, which had a member who is a biological male.

Mid Vermont can ask the organization to reconsider.

“That would be up to the executive council,” Nichols told VTDigger.


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