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

By: nbcsports.com
By: nbcsports.com

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."

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  • by Melissa Location: plymouth on Aug 31, 2008 at 07:43 PM
    I think this is a load of crap. Girls should not play football with boys. Its just a lawsuit waiting to happen. Why doesn't she and her parents get a life. My two son's play football and in no way would I want them traveling on a bus to away games and in the locker room with a girl. All it would take was for her to get mad about something and make up a lie about one of the players or coaches. They need to get a life.
  • by steve Location: kinston on Aug 31, 2008 at 05:20 PM
    Get her parents to sign a release form and let her play. However, If the school has decided that they do not want her to play on a men's team, then that is the deal. Case closed. It is their school.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Aug 31, 2008 at 02:02 PM
    Kat sounds like one of those femi-nazis. Had she been alive in the 60's would have probably been burning her bra with the rest of 'em. Football isn't for girls....but if you feel so strongly about it, why don't you go start a girls football league. If there is enough interest it will happen. Is she going to take the field when her cramps start up? I will agree with Anonymous though, they never should have let her practice if they weren't going to let her play. Now they have opened a can of worms. Of course, that may be what was intended all along. Crystal is also right. This isn't a public school........if it is that big of a deal, she can go back to the public school she came from.
  • by hall monitor Location: ny, ny on Aug 31, 2008 at 01:40 PM
    This story made http://detentionslip.org! Check it out for all the crazy headlines from our schools.
  • by Kat Location: Washington on Aug 31, 2008 at 12:21 PM
    Let her play! When are uptight men going to see that women are very capable of breaking, in fact shattering to pieces, that glass ceiling that has been in place forever? If I were her mom, I would do whatever it took, no matter the cost, to allow this young lady to play. How backwards can Georgia be?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2008 at 12:16 PM
    they should have never let her practice for two months with them if they had this rule in place.The best way in all you do, is to start off the correct way with stability, but it seem if this wasn't done here. bad business
  • by crystal Location: washington on Aug 31, 2008 at 11:34 AM
    The government should not be allowed to tell a private business what it can and can not do. If the rules say no girls, then listen to the rules!

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