Students and parents call for rule change that allow transgender students to compete as girls
High school sophomore and transgender Terry Miller set new records at the CIAC State Open track and field competition. Some people are outraged and are debating if it was a fair decision.
According to CT Post, the Buckley high school teen, Terry Miller, completed the 100m race in just 11.72 seconds and also finished the 200m race in 24.17 seconds last Monday on June 4.
Miller was born male but identifies as female. She had competed on the boys' team during the winter indoor track season.
Fellow transgender athlete, Andraya Yearwood, also made her mark in the competition by finishing up second in the 100m dash. Last year, Yearwood topped both the 100m and 200m races at the Class M state track and field championship.
She had competed in the races before undergoing transitional hormonal treatments.
It was unclear if Miller and Yearwood underwent treatments before this year's competition. Some of the girls in the competition believed that their inclusion in the female category was unfair.
Glastonbury sophomore Seline Soule told the Hartford Courant that although she had no problems with Yearwood and Miller identifying as girls, she found it unfair to compete with them.
Soule finished sixth in the 100m dash. Soule's mother, Bianca Stanescu, told CT Post that she does not believe in a 'transgender category' in subjects like math and science but said that for sports, it was different.
According to the Hartford Courant, Stanescu collected 60 signatures for a petition that demands Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference to change its rule about allowing transgender athletes to compete with female athletes.
Glastonbury coach Brian Collins was among the 60 people to sign Stanescu's petition. He agreed that the rule had to be changed. Another coach, Lorenzo Milledge from Simsbury, echoed the same thought.
Some people believed Yearwood and Miller's inclusion to be fair. A student from RHAM High School, Bridget Lalonde, said that she did not mind if transgender athletes beat her. She finished third in the race.
Newton student Carly Swierbut agreed that it did not matter who took part in the competition. She firmly believed that if one has to compete, they have to work to win without bothering about the competition.
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