If you thought Violet Palmer has it rough, she’s obviously never officiated a game involving St. Mary’s Academy in Topeka, KS. And that’s because they probably wouldn’t have let her.
Michelle Campbell was planning to referee a game at St. Mary’s until their athletic director told her that she wouldn’t be allowed to. It wasn’t anything personal though. Naturally, it was because she was a woman.
That would be putting a woman in a position of authority over boys, she was told — a scenario that was contrary to beliefs at St. Mary’s Academy.Campbell wouldn’t have been surprised if she’d known anything about St. Mary’s. The K-12 school separates boys and girls in almost every endeavor. Sounds fun.
Rightfully so, Campbell and her fellow refs walked off the court in disgust, just as I probably would have. And while this story is shocking and disturbing, it can’t be that surprising, can it? It did happen in Kansas, after all. I suppose Creationism is a required class at St. Mary's as well.