HENRY COUNTY, GA -- A 12-year-old girl is fighting to keep her spot on her school's football team. Maddy Paige was allowed to play football last season at her private school, but she was told she can't play next year because she's a girl.
Paige, who was the starting left defensive tackle as a sixth-grader at Strong Rock Christian School last year, said she was devastated when she learned she wouldn't be allowed to play again.
"It's slowly starting to hit me that I'm not going to be able to have that fun anymore, so I was just hurt," Page said.
Paige's mother, Cassy Blythe, said that the CEO of the school gave a number of reasons why her daughter should not play, including saying that boys may have impure thoughts and noting that it's private and they can do what they want. At one point, Blythe said that the CEO cited the Bible.
"They couldn't find an exact quote of why she shouldn't play," said Blythe. "He said, 'The best I can up with is that men and women are created equal but different.' And that is all he could say.
The family has started a Facebook page titled "Let Her Play" that has gotten more than 1,000 hits in the first two days.
"Maddy was able to play the first year. She did an outstanding job. She gave it every ounce of energy and passion that she had, and then they just took it away for nothing, for nothing because she is a girl," Blythe said. "It really, it blows my mind. I don't understand it at all."
Blythe said that when she asked the school why Maddy was allowed to play season and not this one, they didn't have an answer, saying only that policies have changed.