Class of 2014 news, part III:
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SUNY Brockport freshman soccer player David Medina
was stabbed Tuesday morning in a residence hall on campus.
Cpl. John Helfer of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Osaze A. Timothy entered the dorm and knocked on Medina's door. The two men got into an argument which led to Medina getting stabbed. Officials believe it was a targeted attack and that Medina knows the suspect.
Timothy, who is not a Brockport student, was arraigned at Sweden Town Court on two charges of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree assault. He pleaded not guilty.
Medina played soccer for Brighton and was an All-Greater Rochester selection in 2012 as a junior. He was listed in satisfactory condition at Strong Memorial Hospital following surgery.
Minnesota tackling thorny issue: The Minnesota State High School League is moving toward a Thursday vote on a measure that would allow transgender students to compete as members of the gender with which they identify, not that they are born into.
There was emotional reaction from parents Wednesday during an orderly public hearing on a proposal that would for example allow someone who was a male at birth but subsequently began identifying as female to compete on the girls basketball team. Approval would be contingent on the athlete proving a threshold of self-identification had been reached via hormone therapy, surgery or consent via parental guardian. Medical documentation would be required.
Most of the approximately two dozen speakers voiced opposition to the proposal, which was drafted in conjunction with OutFront Minnesota, a gay and transgender rights advocacy group. Speakers on both sides invoked Biblical verses.
On Tuesday, an ad published in a Minneapolis newspaper asked, "A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter. Are you OK with that?"
If passed, it would apply to all 500 member high schools, both public and private. According to MSHSL officials, 32 other state high school associations and the NCAA all have policies that deal in some form with transgender athletes.