Middle Schoolers Barred From Track Event, Prompting Lawsuit

Middle Schoolers Barred From Track Event, Prompting Lawsuit

(ConservativeHub.com) – According to West Virginia’s Attorney General’s office, five middle school girls were blocked from competing in a track and field event following their choice to protest a court’s ruling that would allow transgender students to participate in girls’ sports. The students and their families are now taking legal action with the help of the state Attorney General as a result.

In a two-to-one ruling, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals found that the state’s “Save Women’s Sports Act” violated Title IX. The state’s law would mean transgender girls can’t compete in girl’s sports activities.

But when the court sided with West Virginia’s Chapter of American Civil Liberties and Lambda legal to overturn the Save Women’s Sports Act, the five students decided to protest.

The five girls from Lincoln Middle School in Shinnston, West Virginia, decided to protest a track and field event because of the inclusion of a transgender student. The student reportedly finished first in the shot put and second in the discus event.

According to a video from Outkick, the girls participated in the protest by stepping into the shot put circle but stepping out without throwing, which resulted in a foul and eventually a forfeit.

The girls who participated in the protest were barred from competing in the next event on Saturday, AprilĀ  27, but were able to return to the competition by Monday.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a lawsuit against the Harrison County Board of Education, where four of the five girls who participated in the protest — and their parents — are listed as plaintiffs.

Morrisey released a statement expressing his support for the affected students, saying, “I have your backs,” adding that the girls “should be commended, not punished” for addressing “their grievances within the protections guaranteed by our Constitution.”

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