Footage of a North Carolina girl’s high school volleyball match has emerged in which a player suffered a serious injury after a transgender girl lobbed a ball at her opponent, striking her in the head.
The physical injuries suffered by the female student-athlete at Hiwassee Dam High School were to her head and neck.
It’s estimated that the volleyball was thrown at 70mph – and was described as ‘abnormally’ fast by one bystander.
Neither player has been identified.
And the incident has since had far-reaching implications for how the game is played in the state after news spread how the offending shot had been played by a biological male.
The Hiwassee Dam female player is still suffering from long-term concussion symptoms, including problems with her vision and has not been cleared to play.
The Cherokee County school board has subsequently voted 5-1 to forfeit all matches for its schools’ women’s volleyball teams against Highlands School, who the unnamed transgender player plays for.
The board appeared to dance around the controversial subject of trans people playing sports for the teams whose sex they were not born into.
Indeed, the board did not refer to any players’ sexuality but instead cited concerns over safety.
‘The County will not participate in any volleyball games, varsity or junior varsity, against Highlands due to safety concerns,’ the minutes from the board’s meeting read.
The athletic director from Hiwassee Dam High School, David Payne, was present at the meeting commented that ‘a statement needs to be made that it [was] unfair and unsafe’ for teams to compete against Highlands.