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Lancaster School Board terminates contract with doctor who denied girl right to wrestle

Posted: 8:25 AM, Nov 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-23 08:33:47-05
Lancaster girl wants to wrestle but can't, "because I'm a girl"

LANCASTER, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Lancaster Central Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Saturday morning to terminate the district's contract with medical director, Dr. Michael Terranova.

Dr. Terranova denied a request from 12-year-old student Trista Blasz to wrestle on the JV boys' wrestling team . On the form in which he said she was not cleared, he wrote, "girls don't play boys sports in Lancaster Schools."

Blasz, a seventh grader at Lancaster Middle School, was not cleared to wrestle despite passing two physical tests mandated by New York State.

Dr. Terranova was an independent contractor and not a district employee.

The board voted to begin a partnership with a new district medical director, which will review Blasz's request.