Judge says girl wrestler allowed on boys’ team
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction that allows a seventh-grade girl to be a member of the all-boys wrestling team at her middle school.
In a ruling issued Monday, U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann said the Line Mountain School District failed to justify its reasons for preventing girls from wrestling with boys.
The school district alleged there are psychological, physical and moral risks of girls wrestling boys, but Brann said they did not present any expert testimony or examples to support those claims.
Brian and Angie Beattie of Herndon filed a lawsuit last year, saying their daughter Audriana was being denied the opportunity to wrestle because of her gender.
The girl’s attorneys, Terry Fromson and Abbe Fletman, issued a statement praising the judge’s decision.