A Christian school in Vermont that was forced to forfeit a game during the girls state basketball playoffs because its opponent included a transgender student on the roster of their team reportedly will not be allowed to compete in any future tournaments, according to a statement released by the state’s governing body for sports on Monday.
The Vermont Principals Association (VPA) came to the conclusion that Mid Vermont Christian School had broken its standards, and so the school is unable to compete in any of the future tournaments that the VPA will be sponsoring.
The change will apply to all different kinds of sports, not just women’s basketball.
“The VPA again reiterates its ongoing support of transgender student-athletes as not only a part of building an inclusive community for each student to grow and thrive, but also as a clear expectation by Vermont state law(s) in the Agency of Education Best Practices, and in VPA Policy regarding transgender student athletes,” the group announced in a statement.
According to the officials, the school in White River Junction did not comply with the association’s principles on racial awareness, gender equality, and disability awareness.
Mid Vermont Christian School withdrew from the tournament a month ago, just prior to a matchup with Long Trail Mountain.
At the time, Vicky Fogg contended that it was unequal and hazardous for the high school females to compete against a biological man on the other side.
She was reportedly concerned about the safety of the players.
The law of the state prohibits discrimination against student athletes based on their gender identity and states that any disputes over students’ participation on sports teams that don’t match their biological gender must be considered on a case-by-case basis.
In addition, the law states that any questions regarding students’ participation on sports teams that don’t match their biological gender must be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The issue of whether or not the school’s religious freedom was violated by the aggressive decision to ban them from competition has so far not been addressed.
[READ MORE: Mexican President Claims His Country is ‘Safer’ Than U.S.]