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ACLU To Fairfield County District: Let Girl Play Football

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has sent a letter to Liberty Union-Thurston Schools telling the district its decision to ban a seventh-grade girl from playing football is “unacceptable and unlawful.â€? This week the district told seventh grader Makhaela Jenkins and her family that the girl could not play football. Superintendent Paul Mathews says the district is not breaking federal law and has a right to determine whether girls participate in contact sports. The ACLU says "Federal courts in Ohio have made it clear since the 1970’s that if a girl wants to play football, and there is not an equivalent team for girls, she must be allowed to try out for the boys’ team.â€? The Ohio High School Athletic Association has also publicly question the district’s decision. OHSAA Associate Commissioner Deborah Moore says she told would advise the district "not to go down that road because it isn't going to hold up."