Florida High School Appeals $16K Fine Over Transgender Volleyball Player


A high school in Broward County, Fla., has appealed the $16,500 fine imposed by the state athletics association for allowing a transgender student to play on the girls' volleyball team. 

According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Monarch High School isn't appealing that it violated Florida's "Fairness in Women's Sport Act", but the school is asking the FHSAA to reduce the fine, which has to be covered by the school's internal budget. 

“The school is not appealing the finding, but on Monday, December 18, the school’s [acting] principal emailed the organization to appeal the penalty by asking for consideration of a reduced fine,” district spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion told the Sentinel. “The school is awaiting a response.”

The girl who was allowed to play was also banned from participating in boys sports for 11 months, which led students at Monarch to walk out of class in protest. 

The association also ruled that Monarch principal James Cecil and athletic director Dione Hester must attend rules compliance seminars the next two summers and the school must host an on-campus seminar for other staff before July.

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