Three teenage girls who run track in high school filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in June because they competed and lost races against teenage boys pretending to be girls. One girl, Selina Soule, missed placing in the top six to advance to a regional competition.
The complaint was against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference.
Since complaining about the unfairness, Soule said teammates and other athletes support her, but coaches and school officials don’t.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the girls’ legal counsel, announced that the ED’s Office for Civil Rights has opened an investigation into their complaint. An excerpt:
The ADF complaint demonstrates that [Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s] new policy and others like it pose a concrete threat to Title IX gains: “Because of the basic physiological differences and resulting strongly statistically significant differences in athletic capability and performance between boys and girls after puberty, no one could credibly claim that a school satisfies its obligation to provide equal opportunities for girls for participation in athletics by providing, e.g., only co-ed track or wrestling teams and competitions, with sex-blind try-outs and qualification based strictly upon performance.”
In the letter (PDF) sent to ADF, the Office for Civil Rights said it will investigate whether the conference and the school district denied the girls equal athletic benefits and opportunities, and whether they retaliated against the girls for complaining about the so-called transgender policy.