Girl, 12, Fights to Play Football With Boys

Maddy Baxter was a star on her sixth-grade team, but her new school says she's not allowed to play.
1:55 | 06/26/13

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albie. A 12-year-old girl is fighting for her right to play basketball. Madison baxter and her parents are starting a campaign on facebook after she was kicked off her football team. Madison and the same boys have played together. Abc's john muller has the story. Reporter: This morning, there is growing controversy over a 12-year-old georgia girl fighting to play football. My mom said that I had five sacks. I counted as four. It was one of their boys. When they saw my number and looked at the roster, standing ovation right there. Reporter: Maddie boxer to was the starting defensive tackle for the sixth grade team. Now, the seventh grader school has told her she's not allowed to play next year. The reason, she's a girl. It's taking that fun I had for a year and just snatching it right out from under me. Reporter: In a statement to news media, strong rock christian school said, middle schoolgirls playgirls' sports. And middle schoolboys playboys' sports. Madison's mother said the ceo of the school said boys have lustful thoughts and might think of mady in an inpure way. It's archaic. Reporter: They started a facebook campaign called let her play. The page has gotten over 25,000 likes and received hundreds of supportive comments. One person writing, mady, you are such a bright, young lady. We are behind you 100%. And people should be limited by ability, not gender. It was a dream to get a scholarship one day. Be one of the first female football players in college. She had big dreams. Reporter: If the school does not have a change of heart, mady will play in a recreational league next year. And might transfer to a different school, to play the game she loves so much. For "good morning america," john muller, abc news, new york.

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