After a girl beat their daughters in sports, Utah parents triggered investigation into whether she was transgender
After one competitor “outclassed” the rest of the field in a girls’ state-level competition last year, the parents of the competitors who placed second and third lodged a complaint with the Utah High School Activities Association calling into question the winner’s gender.
David Spatafore, the UHSAA’s legislative representative, addressing the Utah Legislature’s Education Interim Committee on Wednesday, said the association — without informing the student or family members about the inquiry — asked the student’s school to investigate.
The school examined the student’s enrollment records.
“The school went back to kindergarten and she’d always been a female,” he said.
He told committee members about the events in response to their questions of whether the UHSAA, which sanctions and oversees high school activities, receives such complaints and how they are handled.
Spatafore said the association has received other complaints, some that said “that female athlete doesn’t look feminine enough.”