Catholic HS Bars Female Ref

Kansas religious school said to object to woman in authority over boys
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2008 11:43 AM CST
"I said, 'If Michelle has to leave, then I'm leaving with her,"' said an associate referee. "I was disappointed that it happened to Michelle. I've never heard of anything like that."   (
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(Newser) – A Kansas Catholic high school’s decision to ban a female referee from officiating a boys’ basketball game because of the school’s religious beliefs has state officials investigating the incident and considering banning the school from future competition, the AP reports. Referees said officials from St. Mary’s Academy, near Topeka, refused to let Michelle Campbell work a game Feb. 2.

The school’s athletic director told a male referee that the school believed it was inappropriate for a female to be put in a position of authority over boys. The school is operated by the Society of St. Pius X, which follows older Roman Catholic teachings. Campbell is one of about five female referees in the Kansas High School Activities Association.