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Friday, June 21, 2013 - 8:37am
Locust Grove, GA — A Georgia family says their private school is setting gender equality in sports back decades.
They're upset because the school banned their 11 year-old from playing on the football team because she's a girl.
Maddy Paige was living her dream, playing on the sixth grade football team at Strong Rock Christian Middle School in Locust Grove, competing and beating the boys at their own game.
But Maddy recently learned that she wasn't going to be allowed to play on the school's football team in middle school, not because she wasn't good enough, but because she was a girl.
Strong Rock's athletic director says "Our official policy is that middle school girls play girl sports and middle school boys play boy sports."
Maddy's mother says that's a backwards policy, that sends the wrong message to young women.
Maddy's mother is appealing the decision to the school, hoping her daughter can return to the sport she loves.
Maddy's family says they're not sure what they'll do if the school doesn't change its policy, but they're not willing to accept the limits the school is placing on what their daughter can do.