Parents Petition For Change After Another Alleged Incident Of Racism

Taylor Allderdice parents say Connellsville soccer players made racially insensitive comments

Andrew Limberg
September 17, 2019 - 10:28 am
 The Connellsville Area School District will be required to bring in an outside consultant to do racial and cultural sensitivity training under a ruling today from the WPIAL.
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The parents of the Taylor Allderdice boy’s soccer team is asking for change in the way the WPIAL and PIAA deal with racism.

In a public letter, the parents say players from the Connellsville soccer team, during a September 1 tournament game made racial slurs directed toward one Black and one Latino member of the Allderdice team.

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After an Allderdice player retaliated, the parents say he was ejected from the game and the boys who made the alleged slurs did not face any discipline.

The letter goes on to say “the Connellsville team also utilized forms of physical touching likely intended to distract and intimidate, which were beyond the bounds of appropriate conduct during a soccer match.”

The parents have started a petition asking that the WPIAL, PIAA and WPIAL game officials to make the following changes.

  • Strengthen and enforce your policies
  • Provide implicit bias training and anti-racism training to all league personnel and officials
  • Document all reports of racial intolerance and other abuses.

In addition the letter asks “ourselves, our athletes, our families, in Pittsburgh, Connellsville, an across Western Pennsylvania to actively stand against racial intolerance.

This isn’t the first alleged incident of racial intolerance from the Connellsville boys’ soccer team.

In February of 2017 during a high school basketball game, Connellsville fans allegedly chanted “build that wall” and other phrases toward black players.

Last September the Connellsville boy’s soccer team and fans allegedly taunted Penn Hills players with racial slurs.

The Post-Gazette reports that the WPIAL is looking into the latest incident and they have a copy of the letter that you can read here.

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