WINAMAC, Ind. (WLFI) - An area 7th grade girl has filed suit against her school district so that she can play football with the boys on her school's team.
The suit was filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in South Bend.
Joseph Button and his daughter, only identified as 'C.B.', have filed suit against the Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation. The lawsuit states that C.B. is a 12-year-old 7th grader who wants to play on the Winamac Middle School's 7th grade football team, which allows all males to play.
But the principal and athletic director told her she can't join because she is female and could instead play volleyball or run cross country this fall.
News 18 spoke with Eastern Pulaski Superintendent Dan Foster who said he couldn't comment Thursday because he hasn't received a copy of the lawsuit.
ACLU Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk who filed the suit on behalf of C.B. and Joseph Button told News 18 he will soon file for a preliminary injunction.
"I think if you would have asked before this issue came up, I would have told you this issue was long taken care of and that people understood this is not a valid reason to keep a woman off a football team," said Falk.
While this suit deals with middle school, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, 1,531 girls in 32 states played high school football last fall. That compares to almost 1.08 million boys.
While 22,000 Indiana kids played football last fall, the IHSAA told News 18 it does not keep stats for how many girls make up that figure.
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