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Utah parents triggered SECRET probe into the gender of a school girl

Utah parents triggered SECRET probe into the gender of a school girl who outclassed opponents at a sports event to determine if she was biologically born a boy

  • The probe was sparked by parents whose daughters finished second and third behind the star athlete
  • The girl’s high school examined her records, going as far back as kindergarten, and determined she was and always had been a girl
  • Neither the girl nor her family were ever notified about the investigation because the school did not want to offend or hurt their feelings

A Utah high school secretly investigated whether a female student was transgender after she ‘outclassed’ her opponents in a state-level competition last year. 

The probe was launched after parents of the girls who finished second and third complained to the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) that the girl must have once been biologically a boy to win as decisively as she did.  

The school looked at the girl’s records going as far back as kindergarten to determine whether she had ever been enrolled as a boy, only to discover the girl was, in fact, a girl.

Neither the girl nor her family were ever informed about the investigation, according to UHSAA legislative representative David Spatafore, who said ‘there was no reason to make it a personal situation’ after she had been cleared of the accusation, according to Desert News.

Advocates for HB11 outside the Utah capital building. The bill outlawed transgender students from competing in girls’ sports

The story of the girl investigated by her high school was shared during a meeting of the Utah Legislature Education Interim Committee on Wednesday to discuss updates on HN11

Spatafore shared details of the incident during a meeting of the Utah Legislature Education Interim Committee on Wednesday to discuss updates on HN11, a Utah law passed in March which banned transgender students from competing in female sports.

He said the case was just an example of similar situations that have occurred in recent years, some of which involved complaints like ‘that female athlete doesn’t look feminine enough,’ according to Desert News. 

Asked how the USHAA handles such cases Spatafore said the committee takes ‘every one of those complaints seriously. We followed up on all of those complaints with the school and the school system.’

It was unclear to what extent those other cases have been investigated.      

The UHSAA would not reveal the name of the girl who had been accused of being a boy, and also declined to share what sport or school she was a part of to protect her identity.

Speaking to DailyMail.com, Spatafore explained that as the governing body overseeing sporting at public and private schools across Utah, the UHSAA is tasked with handling complaints – including HB11 related grievances – and delegating them out to schools to investigate as needed. 

HB11 was challenged in May by the ACLU of Utah, which filed a lawsuit on behalf of a pair of transgender girls enrolled in Utah public schools who said the law was unconstitutional and discriminatory.

‘Quite frankly, this is new ground for us. I’m not going to say that we have it down pat, because I have no clue,’ Spatafore said about how the UHSAA has navigated the law, ‘I don’t think any of us in the office have a clue if we have it down pat. What we want to do is we just want to try to do our job.’

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox opposed HB11 before it was passed. The bill was challenged in May by the ACLU of Utah, which filed a lawsuit on behalf of a pair of transgender girls enrolled in Utah public schools who said the law was unconstitutional and discriminatory

The UHSAA would not reveal the name of the girl who had been accused of being a boy, and also declined to share what sport or school she was a part of to protect her identity

Utah is one of 18 states which have passed legislation limiting or banning transgender athletes from competing in boys sports. 

One notable example is Ohio, which this summer passed a bill requiring students accused of being transgender to provide a doctor’s note detailing their sexual anatomy, their testosterone levels, and their genetic makeup. 

In New Jersey, Republican lawmakers proposed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which would require female student athletes to verify the nature of their genitals to compete. 

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Michael Testa, compared genitalia checks to random drug tests that college athletes are subject to, and said he didn’t foresee any problems about irate parents accusing girls of being transgender. 

‘I don’t think it’s the case where an angry mom or dad in the stands is going to demand inspection of any athletes,’ he told Politico.

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