A female high school volleyball player suffered a concussion that knocked her out of the entire season after playing against a transgender opponent, according to the girl’s father.
A father in California detailed the ordeal, which left him feeling “powerless” and his daughter feeling robbed. The father requested not to have his identity revealed for fear of facing repercussions for speaking out against the transgender volleyball player. For the article in Reduxx, the father went by the name of “Luis.”
Luis prefaced the story by explaining how his 17-year-old daughter has had a passion for volleyball.
“My daughter has been involved in volleyball since she was in 4th grade,” Luis explained. “She has always been a kid with her eye on the prize. When she first started asking about playing volleyball she began practicing in the backyard. For hours at a time, she’d hit the ball on the sloped roof. Eventually, she was able to be a team captain at her school.”
The daughter’s team was playing against the Half Moon Bay High School team in October. He noticed something peculiar about one of the opposing players.
“From a distance, it seemed like a boy dressed in a girl’s volleyball uniform,” Luis said.
He texted his wife, “I asked if she knew that there may be a boy on the [Half Moon Bay] team. She said yes.”
“I told my wife that this was not fair. I felt frustrated that, in an indirect way, I was now supporting someone’s gender confusion,” Luis continued. “To boot, they were now playing against my daughter and her teammates. I had heard about transgender in sports issues, bathroom gender identification politics, and trans groups reading to kids at school. Now it was directly hitting home.”
Luis was speaking to a fellow parent during the game when suddenly the game stopped, and he saw his daughter being led out of the gym while holding her head.
“[The other parent] turned to me and said, ‘Did you see that? She was hit by that boy?’ I had missed the actual hit, but felt the weight of everyone staring at me, including the opposing team,” he recalled.
The daughter was suffering from blurry vision and head pain.
He said a few parents “voiced their displeasure with the incident” after the game.
“With all of the cancel culture crap, I was walking on eggshells, not wanting to add more fuel to this fire,” Luis added. “I totally felt alone. Like this was a bad dream. My daughter knew how angry I was. The drive was telling as my daughter asked me not to make it a big deal. But to me, it was already a big deal.”
Luis took his teen daughter to a doctor — who confirmed that she had suffered a concussion from the spike by the biological male. After being diagnosed with a concussion, the daughter was ruled out for the remainder of her senior year.
“She felt robbed. I felt deflated and powerless,” he said.
Luis met with school district administrators, but they claimed that nothing could prevent males from playing in girls’ sports.
Luis asked, “If I say something out loud, will my kid be ostracized at school? If I don’t say anything, will I be silently accepting boys playing against girls at schools? Are there parents that would shame me and my family for saying anything? Don’t get me wrong, I have empathy for the boy. I don’t know what it feels like for someone to be born male and not identify with that. Life must be difficult.”
“But at what point does someone’s gender dysphoria cross the empathy boundary? In my case, when my daughter was injured,” he stated.
Reduxx reported that the transgender player is Aaron Lester.
Lester dominated the October volleyball game, notching nearly a third of the team’s kills and powering Half Moon Bay High School to a commanding victory.
Lester purportedly began wearing feminine clothing at nine years old.
Lester’s father told the Half Moon Bay Review in 2017, “[His] mom and I had a talk with him. We said, ‘We’re totally fine with that, but there might be some people who don’t understand. You might get a hard time from some people and you should be prepared for that.’”
Luis noted that his daughter is fine, but he pointed out, “I feel like my daughter would not have injured had Half Moon Bay not allowed a male to play with the girls.”
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