The incident allegedly is that a St. Mary's Academy school official advised Michelle Campbell that she could not preside over boys in an authoritative position. The alleged reason given was because she is a woman, and this is allegedly against the belief system of the school. Two male referees accompanied Ms. Campbell off the court to show their support of her as a fellow referee. The State High School Activities Association is allegedly contemplating bringing action against St. Mary's. The school is under the jurisdiction of the Society of St. Pius X. The Society of St. Pius X is allegedly run by pre-modern Roman Catholic rules.
The executive director of the State High School Activities Association is allegedly checking to see if the school has a policy in place that forbids female referees from assisting with boys' basketball games. If the school in fact does have such a policy in place, allegedly the school could be stricken from participation in games with over three hundred schools that are Association members. The Associated Press allegedly tried to make contact with St. Mary's Academy officials, but comment was not given.
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Ms. Campbell and the two referees that offered their support to her were allegedly unavailable for comment on the matter as well. The Association is attempting to deal with the situation in a fair and equitable way for all parties involved. This is why the Association is doing its best to gather as many details and viable information as possible about the alleged incident. However, they allegedly will not tolerate discrimination against referees for race or gender who are considered officials.
By Delsia Hartford