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Utah teen settles federal lawsuit to allow girl wrestlers

LAYTON, Utah — Girls in Davis School District will be able to wrestle on their school’s team thanks to 15-year-old Kathleen Janis.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/2pdEQz4 ) Thursday that Janis and her family have settled a federal lawsuit they filed against the school district after the girl had been denied the right to be on the wrestling team.

District officials have agreed to allow girls to participate in any school-sanctioned wrestling programs in exchange for a dismissal of the lawsuit by Janis’ family.

Janis had been previously granted a temporary restraining order against the district by Judge Robert Shelby, which allowed her to wrestle on the ninth-grade team this year.

Janis recently wrestled in the U.S. Marine Corps Girls Folkstyle National Tournament, where she placed seventh.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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