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12/01/2006 11:16 AM ID: 58655 Permalink   

Court Rules Boy Cannot Join Girls Gymnastics Team


An appeals court in Wisconsin has rejected a lawsuit bought by a boy who claimed the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association discriminated against him by not letting him compete in a girls gymnastics team in the absence of a boys team.

Keith Michael Bukowski filed the case in 2004 citing recent cases where girls had been allowed to compete on boys team in sports such as football and wrestling. The WIAA argued that such a ruling would set a bad precedent for other sports.

Bukowski has since graduated and attend the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The school where he was attending at the time the lawsuit was filed has hired him as assistant coach for the girls' gymnastics team.

    WebReporter: ixuzus Show Calling Card      
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the way things are going it seems the rule is anything a Guy can do a Girl can do but anything a Girl can do a Guy still cant, no doubt it will be to source of many lawsuits to follow in the future
  by: jocksteeluk   12/01/2006 12:49 PM     
  I agree jock  
its only sexual discrimination if its against a girl ... though there was a SN report last week about a girl not being allowed to use a gym that was upheld, but its one of the few cases.
  by: AccessG     12/01/2006 01:09 PM     
  They should have let him join  
There's no boys team so he should be able to participate with the girls.
  by: jaded fox     12/01/2006 02:22 PM     
How many female football teams do you see? What if a woman wants to play football?

To my knowledge that’s why this exists.
  by: Emp3r0r     12/01/2006 03:26 PM     
There are whole *leagues* of female football teams! Professional leagues!

They'll be getting the vote next...
  by: CrisW   12/01/2006 06:58 PM     
  I'm tired of this crap  
Anybody should be able to do anything. If he wants to join the gymnastics team, let him. And everybody knows it would be different if a girl wanted to play in a boy sport. That court case would have immediately been ruled in the girls favor.

Equality my ass.
  by: Dark_Stang   12/01/2006 07:53 PM     
not a hell of alot up here and nothing I can see for high school here.
  by: Emp3r0r     12/01/2006 10:27 PM     
  It is a big double standard....  
He can't join the girls gymnastics team...but a girl can play varsity high school football?!?! Yep, her name is Holley Mangold and here's her page:
  by: groovedaddy   12/02/2006 01:47 AM     
Our intrepid president was a cheerleader...
What was that about gays Mr. President? jk

(ps I do agree there is a double standard.)
  by: Emp3r0r     12/02/2006 04:50 AM     
I do agree there is a double standard but you guys are not making the right argument. Football is not a male-only sport and it was never deemed to be that way. It's just so physical that guys are more fit to play it. There have been cases of girls playing predominantly male sports but off the top of my head I cant think of a girl joining a male-only team. I know there has been some though.
  by: confed   12/02/2006 04:21 PM     
  Double Standard  
Here's a case of girls winning the right to play on an all-male hockey team:

Manon Rheaume (female) played in the NHL on the Tampa Bay Lightning team. These sports may be male dominated but even when there are girls teams available, girls are still being allowed to play on boys teams. That's fine and dandy if the street runs both ways!
  by: steiny_33     12/02/2006 10:03 PM     
  Equality rights  
I'm not sure about the law in the U.S., but perhaps the constitutional law in Canada can shed some light on this. Although it may appear to be a double standard, its based on the idea of substantive equality (rather than formal equality). Sometimes you need to take account of differences, rather then just applying the law neutrally, as it could have a disparate affect on particular individuals/groups. In Canada, in order to determine if a law violates equality rights, you need to pay heed to particular contextual factors. Being that women are of a historically disadvantaged group, some policies try to ameliorate these disparities.
  by: nirvana_grrl   12/03/2006 05:11 AM     
I don't think a girl would ever be denied from playing football. I fail to see how the court could justify ruling against him. I hope he takes this to civil court and takes them to the cleaners and hopefully can appeal this to the supreme court.
  by: insomniac84   12/03/2006 08:26 AM     
all the kid has to do is take all the previous cases, schools, etc.. about girls having the right to join male sports, he could win millions from that school district.
  by: N3T_K1LLA     12/03/2006 05:27 PM     
  Is it all about discrimination?  
I'd like to think the physical aspects between a guy and a woman are different. Whether if it be to their advantage or disadvantage, it sort of puts a different aspect at the competitive level. However, since this is simply just a high school team, and without any real competitive level I think they should allow it. At least he'll get to learn the sport. Perhaps one day he'll come home from the olympics with a medal.
  by: 0GuySmiley0   12/04/2006 11:16 AM     
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