On Feb. 2, Michelle Campbell arrived at St. Mary's Academy in Kansas to referee a boys' basketball game. The two-year officiating veteran was scheduled to call her first boys game. However, the former college player was sent home because the school didn't want a woman refereeing boys.
Darin Putthoff, who was scheduled to officiate the game with Campbell-both walked out after being told of the situation-reported that a St. Mary's official told him that having a woman in a position of authority over boys was against the school's beliefs.
In a statement-the school had declined interviews-St. Mary's offered: "Our school aims to instill in our boys the proper respect for women and girls. Teaching our boys to treat ladies with deference, we cannot place them in an aggressive athletic competition where they are forced to play inhibited by their concern about running into a female referee." Campbell is a career police officer.
"It was a sad day for the kids," Campbell told ESPN. "If they're like any other teenagers, all they want to do is play ball."
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