Tensions are high in a Massachusetts school district after a female field hockey player suffered serious injuries from a shot by a biologically male opponent who identifies as female.
Dighton-Rehoboth field hockey captain Kelsey Bain wrote a letter to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) urging a rule change and suggesting the creation of a new league for boys.
Bill Runey, the Dighton-Rehoboth superintendent of schools, said, “It’s very hot. The tension is very high. At first, it was a sense of trauma.” (Trending: Obama’s Ignorant Remarks On Israel)
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“I went to meet the bus when the girls returned from Swampscott because I wanted to let them know that they had the support of the district.”
“That we were gonna have resources available to them the next school day with our counseling staff. And the trauma that I saw in their eyes, the sadness I saw in their eyes and in the eyes of the coaches is something that I will never, ever forget.”
“And now, it has turned to an outrage because of the fact that it doesn’t seem as if anybody is willing to listen to change.”
The MIAA, citing the Massachusetts Equal Rights Amendment, prioritizes inclusion over safety concerns. Bain criticized the MIAA’s stance, emphasizing the need to address the impact of mixed-gender teams on female athletes.
She argued that altering rules for boys’ participation creates inequalities and emotional costs for female players.
Kelsey Bain wrote, “There is likely more interest, but the stigma of boys playing on a girl’s team is probably a deterrent.”
“I am sure school districts can institute co-op teams to create further opportunities for males to play in their own division, which I assume you are already aware of because, under rule 34 of the MIAA handbook, there is a division for boys’ field hockey listed under the Fall Sports category.”
Also where female field hockey player had her teeth knocked out by a male last week.
Still insisting on silence @MassGovernor ? Expected more from a woman. Spineless coward.
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“You have a chance to change the negative publicity the MIAA has been receiving due to the incident that happened on Thursday night by moving forward with the proposal for a seven versus seven boys league.”
“The shrieks and screams of fear and pain that projected from her after being hit filled the stadium,” Bain wrote. The looks of horror and shock on the faces of the girls surrounding her were also chilling.
“Following the injury, my teammates were sobbing not only in fear for their teammate but also in fear that they had to go back out onto the field and continue a game, playing against a male athlete who hospitalized one of our own. The traumatic event sheds light on the rules and regulations of male athletes participating in women’s sports.”
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