A seventh-grade girl in Ohio is challenging her school district after it continues to refuse her request to compete as part of her school's football team.
As reported by the Associated Press and Columbus TV network WTTE, 12-year-old Makhaela Jenkins has launched a full offensive against the Liberty Union-Thurston School District, which refuses to let her compete as part of the seventh grade football team at Baltimore (Ohio) Middle School.
Jenkins was refused membership on the Baltimore football team because the school district has long featured a complete ban on girls playing in any contact sports.
According to Liberty Union-Thurston Superintendent Paul Mathews, the district's decision to ban all girls from contact sports is not a violation of Title IX because girls have the opportunity to compete in non-contact sports.
"We are not violating Title IX," Mathews told WTTE. "We have opportunities for girls, but those opportunities do not include contact sports.
"We think we have plenty of places for everyone to fit in, but it is simply a choice."