Decision on Racial Slurs Used During Connellsville-Penn Hills Game To Be Made Wednesday

The WPIAL will decide the next course of action

High School Football

Julie Bennett

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - On September 7th, high school students from Connellsville were accused of using racial slurs towards the students of Penn Hills during a high school soccer game.

Executive Director of the WPIAL, Tim O’Malley, joined KDKA Radio on Tuesday to talk about the allegations and how they are being handled.

What happened at the soccer game between Penn Hills and Connellsville?

“There were some inappropriate remarks made by folks at Connellsville towards the Penn Hills kids. What we had asked for then on Monday the 10th was a response from Connellsville in regards to those allegations that occurred,” O’Malley said.

“The board then reviewed the submitted reports by each school and finding in the reports that there could be no solution potentially to what we submitted. The board made the decision to bring all involved in to hear from each of them. The board listened to testimony for about two and half hours.”

Who is alleged to have made the comments?

“Student athletes from Connellsville and students in the stands.  Each school was very cooperative in bringing in those people that could offer factual information on both sides,” O’Malley tells KDKA Radio.

Is it true Penn Hills has decided not participate with Connellsville until this is rectified?

“Connellsville offered to play tonight with administrative presence, but Penn Hills wanted to wait until the findings are issued tomorrow,” O’Malley added.

What kind of power does the WPIAL Board have?

“We can’t enforce any discipline on any kids. We oversee the athletic programs and hold the program itself accountable,” O’Malley explains.

“The solution for situations such as this, rest with the member schools and their collective and cooperative efforts to arrive at a meaningful solution.”

How is the board handling this situation?

“The board, for about an hour last night, interacted with one another in an attempt to come up with the response to yesterday’s hearing, and we’re in the process of putting that puzzle together today,” said O’Malley.  

“We’ll notify the schools tomorrow morning by 8:00 a.m. with the WPIAL Board’s response to the allegations made.”

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