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Penn Hills refuses to play game in Kiski area after fans allege racist comments during volleyball game – CBS Pittsburgh

PENN HILLS, Pa. (KDKA) – The Penn Hills Superintendent said his schools will not be playing any games with the Kiski Area School District for the rest of the school year.

The decision was made following allegations of racist comments and gestures from some fans at Kiski towards Penn Hills High School volleyball players.

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Penn Hills superintendent Nancy Hines told KDKA-TV on Tuesday that several boys on the Kiski school district allegedly made racist remarks and gestures toward Penn Hills volleyball players. after a game on March 2.

Seventh grade volleyball player Nyeila Ferguson did not hear the comments but described to KDKA what the other players had told her.

“They were just saying they were calling us monkeys and making monkey noises,” Ferguson said.

Hines said both counties began their own investigations the next day and notified WPIAL. Hines said she interviewed seven volleyball players and one parent said they had seen and/or heard offensive behavior.

Hines said she chose not to let WPIAL investigate the matter, citing that the process had not been aggressive and would have resulted in more trauma.

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“Our PH experience with that process has not been positive and leads me to believe that this choice is likely to be more traumatizing to the group of young women who are afraid to speak out in this moment and are cause of game disruption,” a statement from Hines said. “A WPIAL hearing is a formal process that can be intimidating, as it often includes formal testimony and witnesses that can be cross-examined. Also, I don’t believe WPIAL will impose sanctions beyond training in sensitivity, even if they do rule in our favor. ”

Instead, the superintendent said she advised WPIAL and Kiski officials that Penn Hills would not compete with Kiski, host any events against Kiski, or travel there for the rest of the year. learn.

“She needed to support us somehow, and that’s how she found herself being able to support us at this time,” said Leslie Mallon, parent of Penn Hills. “But if this is going to ultimately affect other sports’ playoffs things, then that’s just not true.”

Kiski regional director Misty Slavic told KDKA that she is surprised and saddened by the decision to cancel the remaining games, especially since the investigation is ongoing and still unconfirmed that the incident reported to have occurred.

“We will continue to review all statements and evidence as they become available and work collaboratively with the Penn Hills government to resolve this conflict,” the statement from Slavic said.

WPIAL CEO Amy Scheuneman said she is in contact with both schools and is investigating the situation.

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She said there could be penalties for Penn Hills refusing to play Kiski, although the WPIAL Board of Directors will have to review the situation before imposing any penalties.

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