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Sixth-grade basketball player pulled from game over concerns about cochlear implant

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SPENCER COUNTY, Ky. – A sixth-grade student was pulled off the court during a basketball game because of a medical device.

Witnesses told LEX 18 that the sixth grader was pulled off the court and the game was brought to a halt because she was wearing a cochlear implant.

The referee pulled the girl off the court, saying the hearing aid posed a safety risk to other players.

“As a referee for many years, he’s been told no metal or anything like that on a player’s body, especially on the head area,” said Doug Thomas, the commissioner of the Mid-Kentucky Middle School Conference. “He wasn’t aware though that there is an exception for some type of medical device.”

School officials say after reviewing the rules, the girl was allowed back into the game.