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Massachusetts High School Girls’ Basketball Team Forfeits Game After Trans Athlete Injures 3 Players

A girls’ basketball team from Collegiate Charter School of Lowell, Massachusetts, chose to forfeit a game at halftime recently.

The team cited safety concerns after several players were injured during the match against KIPP Academy, which featured a transgender athlete.

The game was stopped with the opposing team leading 10-0, drawing attention to the ongoing debate about inclusivity versus safety in sports.

The controversy arose when, according to reports, the transgender athlete was involved in plays that resulted in injuries to three players from Collegiate Charter.

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Reports describe the athlete as being 6 feet tall with facial hair.

The coach of the team decided to forfeit based on concern for his players’ well-being, especially with the Charter School playoffs approaching.

“The bench was already depleted…when the coach saw three more go down in the first half, leaving him with five players, he made the call to end the game early,” spokesperson Casey Crane explained.

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Collegiate Charter School supported the decision based on the institution’s commitment to both inclusivity and the safety of its students.

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and state laws provide a framework for gender inclusivity in sports.

The MIAA’s guidelines advocate for the participation of students in sports teams that align with their gender identity, ensuring no student is excluded or gains an unfair advantage.

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The incident has sparked a wider conversation on how schools and sports organizations balance the principles of inclusion with the physical safety of athletes. 

Executive director Rhonda Barnes of KIPP Academy Massachusetts reaffirmed their commitment to enabling every student to participate in sports according to their gender identity.

She condemned negative online comments directed towards their community members.

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