February 21, 2024
Christian Excessive College ladies volleyball crew, which completed the season at 27-8, as pictured on christianunified.org

Christian Excessive College of El Cajon will face no formal penalties for forfeiting a ladies volleyball recreation in September on the idea of a rumor of an LGBT participant on the opposing crew from La Mesa.

Christian Unified schools Superintendent Bob Ruhlman's reply to CIF questions.
Christian Unified faculties Superintendent Bob Ruhlman’s reply to CIF questions. (PDF)

San Diego CIF Commissioner Joe Heinz on Thursday mentioned his workplace met with Christian Excessive leaders in regards to the Sept. 12 varsity forfeit to Helix Constitution Excessive College.

“The college’s response to this matter and the corrective steps taken had been addressed in an expeditious and acceptable method,” Heinz informed Occasions of San Diego. “The CIF San Diego Part will proceed to work with Christian Excessive College to implement extra measures and safeguards to make sure the sort of infraction doesn’t happen once more.”

Because of the talks, CIF chief Heinz mentioned Christian Excessive College would “proceed to be an energetic member of the CIF San Diego Part.”

However in keeping with electronic mail despatched three days after the incident, Christian Unified Faculties of San Diego Superintendent Bob Ruhlman mentioned his district “has very clear doctrinal and theological convictions primarily based in our Christian religion and Biblical worldview of God’s creation order.”

Ruhlman’s electronic mail, produced by CIF after a Public Information Act request, continued: “Our assertion of religion is obvious and we search to function on the idea of consistency and integrity with our religion convictions. This contains working our packages on the idea of this conviction.”

He defined how the forfeit happened.

“On the morning of September 12,” Ruhlman mentioned, “we got details about one of many student-athletes from Helix Constitution College that turned out to be inaccurate.”

He mentioned that with restricted entry to high school district president David Jeremiah — apparently because of sickness — “we confronted communications points that resulted within the forfeiture.”

He mentioned his college has corrected the problems and “forfeiture in these situations just isn’t in step with CUSSD coverage.”

Email from CIF-San Diego Commissioner Joe Heinz to Christian High School officials (PDF)
Electronic mail from CIF-San Diego Commissioner Joe Heinz to Christian Excessive College officers (PDF)

In his Sept. 15 response to CIF queries, Ruhlman mentioned: “As longtime members of the California Interscholastic Federation, we expect to find a path ahead as we search to steadiness our religion, our college mission and our obligations as members of the CIF. I need to be clear, we intend to be cooperative members of the affiliation the place generations of our college students have loved the complete richness of interscholastic competitors.”

However it stays unclear what precisely triggered the Christian forfeit, which additionally led to the cancellation of freshman and junior varsity matches at Christian that day.

At first, Occasions of San Diego was informed it was due to a lesbian participant on the La Mesa college’s crew. Later, Helix athletic director Damon Chase informed CIF in electronic mail: “We consider that Christian H.S. student-athletes, admin … and oldsters assumed that we have now a transgender scholar on our crew. We don’t have a transgender student-athlete on our volleyball crew and it shouldn’t matter if we did.”

Superintendent Ruhlman and Christian Excessive athletic director Jeff Briggs didn’t reply to my newest queries.

Additionally imprecise are what “corrective steps” and “extra measures and safeguards” are being taken by Christian Excessive. CIF didn’t specify.

On Sept. 12, Christian High School forfeited a girls volleyball game. Rumors included the presence of a lesbian player for Helix.
On Sept. 12, Christian Excessive College forfeited a ladies volleyball recreation.

In a textual content message change the day of the forfeit, Helix volleyball coach Zoe Varela-Beltz informed Chase that Christian Excessive was “so out of line” and was certain that the college broke “a slew of ethics and guidelines they need to subscribe to for membership into CIF.”

The day after the canceled video games, Helix government director Kevin Osborn wrote Christian Excessive officers that rumors associated in regards to the cancellations necessitated a gymnasium gathering of scholar­-athletes “to deal with the matter in assist of our college students’ social-emotional nicely being.”

In a “NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS,” the college’s web site says it “admits college students of any race, coloration, nationwide and ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, packages and actions usually accorded or made out there to college students on the college. It doesn’t discriminate on the idea of race, coloration, nationwide and ethnic origin in administration of its academic insurance policies, admissions insurance policies, scholarship and mortgage packages, and athletic and different school-administered packages.”

The early forfeit didn’t appear to hassle the Helix Highlanders, nevertheless.

The varsity volleyballers, top-seeded within the San Diego part Division II match and the defending champions, made it one recreation wanting Friday evening’s title recreation. On Halloween evening, Helix fell to the Our Woman of Peace Pilots 3 video games to 2 within the semifinals.

The Christian Excessive Patriots, additionally Division II, completed their season with a 27-8 win-loss document and a No. 3 seed however misplaced to Mt. Carmel within the first spherical of the playoffs.

The Christian Excessive College scholar newspaper celebrated the season however didn’t point out the forfeit.

“Due to distinctive management and their religion in Christ, one might argue that it was certainly one of their greatest seasons but!” mentioned the Genesis story on-line. It mentioned certainly one of its captains, senior Jessie Vincent, described the crew as “aggressive, enjoyable, and hardworking,” regardless of the numerous challenges they confronted.

“I like with the ability to play at such a aggressive degree whereas additionally rising in my religion,” Vincent informed the paper. “We share a particular connection that almost all groups don’t have.”