Racial Sensitivity Training Required at Connellsville Area School District

No Other Penalty Following Allegations of Racial Slurs

Joe DeStio
September 26, 2018 - 1:07 pm
 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 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. The league issued its decision after hearing private testimony this week on allegations of racial slurs targeting Penn Hills soccer players at a match at Connellsville earlier this month.

The WPIAL says it found, “information and testimony offered by Penn Hills in support of allegations to be reasonably credible.” However, the league statement says, “such incidents were likely isolated in nature and are not representative of the Connellsville Area School District, Connellsville Area Senior High School, its Boys’ Soccer Team, or their administration or coaches as a whole.”

A statement from the Penn Hills district calls the circumstances, “unfortunate.”  It supports the WPIAL findings. Superintendent Nancy Hines says a postponed soccer rematch with Connellsville will be rescheduled along with any other games postponed while the matter was being resolved. A statement from Connellsville Area Superintendent Joseph Bradley says the district respects and will fully comply with the decision.

It’s the second time in two years the WPIAL board has had to deal with a racial incident between two member schools. Last year it also ordered sensitivity training following a benches-clearing brawl at a football game between Ellwood City and Valley.