Junior High School Girl to Play on the Football Team
Created by kblakeslee on 9/19/2013 2:56:56 PM


PULASKI COUNTY, Ind. (WOWO): An Area Junior High School girl will get her dream of playing on the football team. It was last month when The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit on behalf of 12-year-old, “C.B.”  The suit called for gender equality on the field and now it appears that Winimac Community Middle School will have its very first female football player.

The girl’s parents met with the principal who informed them that she would be allowed to play on the team. The ACLU has already filed papers to dismiss the suit against the Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation.

Original Story:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a federal lawsuit today against the Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation on behalf of one of their students.  

 

The plaintiff, 12-year-old "C.B.," is a seventh grader at Winamac Community Middle School in the Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation. The school's seventh grade football team is made up of mostly male students.

 

C.B. and her father, Joseph Button, asked the principal and athletic director if she could try out for the team, but were told that girls were not allowed to join.

 

According to the suit filed, the school's decision not to allow C.B. to try out for the football team violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

 

ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk said, "Numerous courts have recognized that gender is not a valid excuse for keeping young women out of previously all-male sports. Equal protection demands equality of treatment."