WINAMAC, Ind. (WLFI) - Less than three weeks after filing a lawsuit, an area 7th grade girl is allowed to join her school's football team.
A 12-year-old girl, identified only as C.B., filed a lawsuit against the Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation when she wasn't allowed to play on the Winamac Middle School's 7th grade football team because of her gender.
Superintendent Dan Foster told News 18, that he sat down with the girl and her parents last week in a private meeting.
Foster is in his first year as superintendent and said the initial decision to keep her from playing was made before he started. He said once he became involved, it wasn't a matter of if she was going to play, but how the district could work out the necessary accommodations.
“It was 'what do we need to do to make sure that we cover her privacy issues and still allow her to play,'" said Foster. "It was a very cordial meeting. Both sides were very cordial. It took us about 20 minutes and everybody walked away happy."
Foster said the middle school principal and athletics director believed initially that they didn't have to make accommodations under Title IX because the district offers two sports each for boys and girls. But, because of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, it did not apply.
The ACLU, on behalf of the girl's family, asked that the lawsuit be dismissed Monday.
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