In a bid to protect female athletes, high schools in Cherokee County, North Carolina canceled volleyball matches with Highlands High after the team's transgender female – a boy – spiked the ball at the net and severely hurt a female opponent.
According to The Blaze, the female who was hit is experiencing “long-term concussion symptoms,” such as vision problems. She has not been cleared to play after the incident which occurred in late September.
Steve McConkey of 4 Winds Christian Athletics says the female volleyball player was hit by an opponent with larger arms and more muscles.
“And to be able to hit the ball that hard into somebody's neck and head,” he says, “had to be a very powerful shot."
Thanks in large part to a sickening video of the lightning-fast hit, the Cherokee County Board of Education voted 5-1 to declare a safety issue and cancel all games against Highland High.
A member of the school board, who is also a coach, told his colleagues he had “never seen a hit” like the one he saw on the video.
"Maybe this is the way we got to go about it,” McConkey observes. “Just forfeit games when we see this type of activity as a potential injury to a player."