"You Can't Play Because You're A Girl"

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Kacy Stuart, who was good enough to kick for a public school football team last year, apparently isn't what a private-school league is looking for this year, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The 14-year-old freshman from Spalding County (Ga.) was told Thursday — while having team pictures taken no less — that she could not play for New Creation Center, a private Christian academy, because she was a girl.

Stuart, who has practiced with the team for two months and played in a scrimmage on Aug. 23, was told by Hank St. Denis, executive board chairman of the Georgia Football League, that she would not be allowed to play, according to Kacy's mother, Angie Stuart.

"He said she can't play simply because she's a girl," Stuart said to the Journal-Constitution.

The newspaper's attempts to reach St. Denis through phone and e-mail messages for comment were unsuccessful.

"We'll file for an injunction if we have to," Angie Stuart said. "We'll do whatever it takes to keep her on the team."