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12-year-old girl's dad talks with FOX28 about his daughter's fight to play football

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We told you earlier this week about a 12-year-old female Winamac Middle School student who wants to play football with the boys.  Now her father is sharing more details about the case.

Joseph Button is not revealing his daughter's identity, but he says the school system told him last week that she would not be allowed to join the team. 

"She wants to play linebacker and wide receiver," he says.  "She wants to show everybody that she can do it, that she's tough enough."

Button says he's been throwing a football with his daughter since she was very young.   "There's no reason that she shouldn't have the chance to at least try out and prove that she can hang with these guys," he says.  "It's supposed to be about fun at that age."

The ACLU has filed suit against the Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation on behalf of the girl and her family.  We have a call in to the district's administrative offices, but have not heard back. 

In the meantime, Button says his daughter is upset.  "She doesn't understand why they won't let her play," he says.  "She wants to be out there playing the game."

"The only thing we care about is that our daughter is given the opportunity to try out and play," Button says.  "That's all we care about."

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