08.16.133:02 PM ET

School District: Girl Can’t Play Football

Says it’s not a Title IX violation.

What do you mean, girls can’t play ball? Makhaela Jenkins thinks that her gender shouldn’t mean that she can’t play football for her school team, she told Ohio’s WTTE-TV in Columbus. Her school district doesn’t permit girls to participate in games and contact drills, which it says doesn’t violate Title IX because there are other, non-contact sports for girls to play. Makhaela, 12, has played for other football teams not affiliated with her school district. “It sets me apart from everybody else, and it lets other people know it’s OK to be different and you don't have to follow what everybody else does,” she says.