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High School Boy Banned From Officially Competing With Girl Gymnasts — So He’s Claiming Gender Discrimination



Cruz Vernon began competing in gymnastics when he was 9 years old, he told WCBS-TV.

By the seventh grade, he joined his school’s all-girl team — and by the ninth grade, Vernon placed in states, the station said.

But since then, the committee governing high school sports in Westchester County, New York, banned Vernon from participating as a scoring member of his gymnastics team at Ossining High School, WCBS said. The school has only one gymnastics team.

“I could still do my routines during competitions and get scored for them, but whatever score I received wouldn’t count toward the team’s score,” the 17-year-old told the station.

Vernon said the ruling came because he’s a boy, WCBS reported.

When Vernon’s mother appealed the decision, the Section 1 committee upheld it, saying Vernon “exceeds the physical abilities in his team … thereby creating an unfair advantage” and his participation “would result in a female gymnast being displaced,” the station said.

With that, the Vernon family retained an attorney who brought a discrimination complaint to the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, WCBS said.

“What we really want is a resolution,” lawyer Paul Barger explained to the station. “We want him to have the opportunity to compete.”

Vernon also told WCBS that his stature was a factor in the Section 1 committee’s decision — but that standing 6-foot-3 is a disadvantage in gymnastics.

He told the station he hopes the ruling is overturned by the spring when postseason competition begins.

“I also want this to reach out to any other boys who may be in a similar situation,” Vernon noted to WCBS. “People need to know that there are others going through similar situations, and they’re not alone in this.”

The Section 1 committee’s executive director had no comment on the situation, the station reported.

Republican lawmakers in New Hampshire, Washington, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri — as well as Idaho — have been looking to enact measures requiring public school athletes to compete according to their biological sex. The proposed measures come in the face of an increasing number of biological males who identify as female and then crush biological female competition.

The issue is particularly fevered in Connecticut, where a pair of biological males who identify as females have been dominating sprinting competitions in high school track and field — and not every biological female opponent is happy about it.

While Vernon is not transgender, his case would appear to present an interesting twist in relation to the overall issue. If he’s allowed to compete against girls, does that fly in the face of efforts by lawmakers in other states who want to prevent biological males from competing against biological females?



  1. Marilyn

    February 4, 2020 at 2:37 am

    Good grief, kid, compete against boys. You are one.

  2. stevor

    February 4, 2020 at 2:40 am

    is his mommy proud?
    His daddy?

  3. JerryDV

    February 4, 2020 at 3:03 am

    Stupidity on steroids. He shouldn’t be allowed to compete against females he’s a male and should compete with other males. If a bull thinks it’s a cow, would anyone in the world not know he was a bull? The bull, regardless of what it thinks, is still a bull; he’d be larger, stronger and faster than the cows, and in a race to the food trough, he’d win.

  4. CharlieSeattle

    February 4, 2020 at 3:28 am

    If you can’t accept who you are, and how you were born, then why would you expect others to accept who you’re not?

  5. Brian

    February 4, 2020 at 3:46 am

    He wouldn’t want to compete against other boys because he would lose every time..thats why he’s going against girls..stop playing in any sport..

  6. kat

    February 4, 2020 at 4:20 am

    They should try to get him on a boy’s team. It is unfair to allow boys to compete with girles. Same with men and women.

  7. Lorraine Kemer

    February 4, 2020 at 4:42 am

    If the school has only one gymnastics team, then they should look into starting a boys team as well. Although I feel sorry for this boy, who only wants to compete in a sport he loves, it is unfair to the girls competing. If the school won’t start a boys team, then maybe his parents should look for a local team not affiliated with the school system.

  8. Ronald

    February 4, 2020 at 5:52 am

    The women who have been demanding equal treatment and denouncing gender bias for years are getting upset when they discover that eliminating bias is a two way street. Sorry ladies, but you can’t have it both ways.

  9. Evangeline

    February 4, 2020 at 8:39 am

    I am so sick of homosexuals always trying to force us to accept their gender dysphoria. You aren’t what you identify as. You are the race and gender you were born as.

  10. JAMES

    February 4, 2020 at 10:31 am

    the fact is he can’t win against other male competitors if he could he would be going up against other males. same goes with all other confused wannabe genders. God created each person male or female its in the Bible. God did not create a boy to be a girl nor a girl to be a boy.maybe all transgender should create their own league and schools yes i know thats labeling but call like it is. make a rule that if the boy wants to compete against the girls cut his thing off make it like a guy have a waiting period before competing plus i would not want him in the dressing rooms with my daughter

  11. Dragonfly43

    February 4, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    And this is part of what contributes to the entitlement attitudes of our young people.

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