A girls high school volleyball player recently in North Carolina suffered serious injuries to the head and neck after a trans opponent rammed a ball in her face.
Earlier last month, Hiwassee Dam High School took on Highlands High School in a girls’ volleyball tournament. During the game, an unnamed biological male playing for Highlands hurled a ball over the net, hitting an unnamed Hiwassee Dam player squarely in the face.
Although video of the incident is grainy, the unnamed player can clearly be seen lying on the ground for some time before recovering enough to walk off the pitch under her own power.
The girl is said to still be suffering from long-term concussion symptoms, such as: vision problemsand was not cleared by a doctor or neurologist to return to the game.
As a result of her injury, the Cherokee County Board of Education voted 5-1 to cancel all future volleyball games against Highlands High School, citing a “safety issue.”
A longtime coach is said to have persuaded at least one board member to vote to cancel the games. Joe Wood, Cherokee board member, said that “a 40-year-old coach said he’d never seen a hit like this.
The Post Millennial claims to have corroborated this claim by the unidentified trainer.
Fellow board member Jeff Tatham added that the ball was reportedly traveling at 70mph when it hit the girl’s face. “I don’t know if that’s faster than normal, but it seemed to come off very quickly, unusually, particularly quickly,” Tatham said. “Not only did he hit her in the face, then the ball went out of her face with enough force to go through the net again.”
Alongside the safety concerns, the board also said male competitors have a “competitive advantage” over female competitors.
“The issue of competitive advantage has to be inherent in any scenario involving this type of transgender conversion,” said Jeff Martin, vice chairman of the board. “I can tell you the board wasn’t looking for anything like that. It was brought to our attention due to safety concerns.”
Despite concerns expressed by the board, some local residents have criticized the decision to cancel district games against Highlands.
“All events for one incident? That’s not right,” he said Tony Graham. “There is a risk of getting out of bed in the morning, crossing the street and going to the store. I’m sure the teammate who got hurt wants them to go out there and fight for it right? This is what we do.”
Board member Arnold Mathews reiterated that the decision applied only to Highlands and only to girls’ volleyball. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association confirmed that each “local school system” can choose not to play games against specific opponents or schools.
“While we would prefer schools or teams to play whatever games they schedule,” the NCHSAA said, “there is that leeway.”
Although the WTVC video below contains clips from the Hiwassee Dam/Highlands game, it does not show the apex in question. That MaxPreps Video for this particular game doesn’t seem to be available either.
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