The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Letters

December 8, 2013

Boys' sports = Boys' sports

— A local school district says that a girl wrestler creates a dilemma, and they’re correct. The school district will not allow her to join the all-male wrestling team. One of the issues the school brought up was sexual harassment, but many people think it is discrimination.

I believe an all-male sport should be an all-male sport. A female on the team would cause dilemmas from simple problems such as the opposing team having to prepare the girls’ locker room for her when otherwise they could keep it locked and closed, to major issues such as sexual harassment.

The school district even resounded to the preceding issue saying students have the “right to be protected from undesired contact of sensual body parts from a person of the opposite sex.” I, personally, believe that the young women should not be allowed on the team.

I don’t, however, believe she should be excluded from the sport. If she could form a league of her own with other school districts and enough interest of girls in her own school, I believe she should, and probably would, be able to form an all-female wrestling team. I fully support the school district’s decision to not allow her on the male-wrestling team, but I don’t feel as if she and other women who would like to be part of the sport should be excluded.

Women have just as many rights as men do, but male events should be kept male events, and female events kept female events.

The school district made a tough, but correct decision. Boys’ sports are boys’ sports and are not open to female participation.

Christopher Hauck,

Selinsgrove High School

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