In a controversial ruling this week, the Minnesota State High School League voted to force the state’s public schools to allow boys on their girls’ sports teams. The decision has already raised a number of red flags among critics, including the perception that transgender boys have an inherent physical advantage over girls.
Minnesota Child Protection League coordinator Michele Lentz affirmed that it is generally the case that a “biological male has a larger skeletal structure” and “more muscle,” meaning allowing boys to compete alongside girls “puts those girls in a situation where they could get hurt.”
Plenty of others see the potential for abuse by boys claiming to identify as girls with the hidden motive of exploiting their female teammates.
Glad my kids don't go to school in Minnesota. New rule could send frisky HS boys to join girls volley ball team. Parents beware. @FoxNews
— Randy Mitchell (@dmntrandy) December 4, 2014
The Child League ran ads ahead of the vote warning that, if approved, the move to allow boys on girls’ teams could not only lead to “your 14-year-old daughter” losing a position to a boy, but “now she may have to shower with him.”
Despite the concerns being voiced, however, proponents of the change have gone as far as to lump opponents in with hate groups including Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.
According to board president Scott McCready, the 18-1 decision came as the result of an “exhausting” period of reflection throughout the past year. Though the board celebrates its open and thorough review of details and testimony from those on both sides of the issue, it is clear many see the ruling as woefully inadequate in dealing with a number of important issues.
Attorney John Hagen opined that, given the language of the ruling, schools would be obligated to allow the burliest of young men to “play power forward on the girls’ basketball team, regardless of safety considerations,” or open themselves up to a lawsuit.
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BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.