12-Year-Old Girl Deemed 'Too Distracting' to Play on Boys Team (VIDEO)

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Maddy PaigeI've heard it said a time or two that kids are perfect until adults screw them up. Considering stories about kindergartners accused of sexual harassment for hugging their classmates and parents getting up in arms about transgender 6-year-olds sharing bathrooms with their kids, I tend to believe it. And now here we are again. A 12-year-old girl named Maddy Paige wants to play football with the boys, but she's been kicked off the team.

The reason? The Georgia school's leaders reportedly won't let this girl play with boys because they're afraid Maddy's male classmates won't be able to control their "impure thoughts" and "urges."

Um, so they're afraid a bunch of seventh grade boys are going to be popping woodies right and left and end up tackling her on the field to hump the ever-living you-know-what out of her?

Hey! I didn't say it! That's what administrators at Strong Rock Christian School told Maddy's mom when they kicked her daughter off a team where she'd been starting defensive tackle. 

What they said is ridiculous.

But it's also rude.

Is this what these adults really think of these kids? That they have so little self-control? That they're such bad kids?

How sad is it that adults will so easily underestimate kids.

Because Maddy Paige's male classmates haven't had a problem with her yet. She calls the guys on her team her "best friends." These kids, boys and a girl, are doing just fine together without adults bringing their pre-conceived notions about what kids will be thinking or feeling into the mix.

Got that? The kids are FINE with it!

By and large, kids are. Watch a bunch of kindergartners on the playground. Male and female. Black and white. They play together, no questions asked.

Send a gay man in to lead a Boy Scout troop, and they happily make birdhouses with him. 

Tell a bunch of teenage boys they have to be in the same room as a girl, and they manage to control their erections! 

To my fellow adults, allow me to offer a wee bit of advice: next time you want to get worked up about something going on in your kid's life, stop. Think. Is this my kid's concern or is it really mine?

Do you think the schools' concerns hold water here or is it fine for this girl to play on a boy's team?


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keelh... keelhaulrose

The underlying thought here is boys can't learn, or be trusted, to control themselves. They're all rapists waiting to happen.


Men and women should be insulted by this.

nonmember avatar Krash

This is a bunch of crap! My son and my nephew had girls on their teams last year with zero issues. Strong Rock Christian School should be ashamed!

redK8... redK8blueSt8

It sounds to me like the school is being pre-emptive, albeit ridiculously so. But for exactly the type of reason you use in the beginning, of the kindergarteners getting sued for sexual harassment for giving a hug.

The 7th grade boy is beginning to surge with hormones. Ones that tend to remove discretion in attempt to entertain. All they need is one kid on that team to attempt inappropriate touching on a dare or on a whim and the school (a private school) gets sued by her and her parents. They have to protect themselves. They can't ignore the very likely possibility in the name of political correctness.

Yes it sucks and is insulting, but it is not entirely unfounded.

miche... micheledo

Have to agree - what a ridiculous reason!



BUT, what a double standard. One one hand I see.people saying all the time that we can't expect kids not to have sex. It is instinct. They are going to do it. Yet in this instance they are expected to control their urges?



So which is it? Can young mem and women learn to contro ltheir tjoughts and urges or is it just biology???

TheTr... TheTruthTeller

Why does it have to be across the board, Michele? Sexuality is a normal part of life. That doesn't mean that boys are compulsive humpers, mauling female teammates. Peeing is an normal instinct, but I know it has a time and place. I can't control my urge to pee, but I know not to do it on a football field.

NatAndCo NatAndCo

He also read the bible and prayed about it. Not kidding. He argued that because the bible says men and women were made differently, they shouldn't play the same sports.

Tina Goff

When i was in middle school there were two girls on the wrestling team and there were never any problems.  The adults in this situation are putting their own dirty thoughts off on these kids.  In full football gear all the kids would look the same.  Pads, helmets, uniforms...  You wouldn't be able to tell a girl from a boy.  If he really thinks kids this age have zero impulse control then isn't he worried about boys tackling other boys?   There seems to be no problems with any of these kids, so he needs to stop trying to 'fix' something that isn't broken and let her play with her friends.  The real thing that needs to be fixed is this guy...  maybe a smack across the back of his head would wake him up, and get his mind out of the gutter?   

Todd Vrancic

Yeah, maybe we should ban all contact sports because teenagers are nothing but a bag of hormones that can't control their impulses.  Make the only extracurricular activities chess club and debate team and concert band.  That would work (NOT!)

Todd Vrancic

Not saying anything bad about chess club, debate team or concert band, just making the point that those are not activities that involve contact.  I wish we made just as much fuss over these activities as the contact sports.

mompam mompam

I agree with you, but I'm also a hockey mom. Every so often there is a girl on an opposing team. I always feel funny about the boys checking her. I feel we should tell them not to, but it's part of the game. Checking is a full body tackle, down to the ground sometimes. How can we expect our sons to check a girl? If I had a daughter that played hockey, I would find an all girls team for her to play on. I am all for equality, but the boys are strong in HS. It's tough. But I hear what you all are saying.

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