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Judge says girl wrestler allowed on boys’ team



Published: Tue, January 14, 2014 @ 8:36 a.m.

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.


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1NilesOhio(740 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Now if I were still in school, I'd want to wrestle against the girls team. After all, if it's OK for a girl to be on a boys team, it should be good the other way around.

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2TrustNo1(4 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Read-up on the law. Title IX says the same opportunities must be granted. There is no girls team so as long as the match-up is safe and fair, she can compete with the boys.

Boys can also compete in girls sports if there is no boys team and the match-up is safe and fair.

Let her compete, all of the same rules apply.

We had a girl on the Jr. High football team a few years ago and she wasn't the best player, but she held her own.

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