The complete scholar physique of a Pennsylvania junior-senior highschool has been barred from attending classmates’ hockey video games after some college students chanted sexually express vulgarities at a visiting group’s goalie — the group’s solely feminine participant.
Throughout a hockey sport final week between the Armstrong River Hawks and the Mars Preventing Planets, a variety of Armstrong Junior-Senior Excessive College college students started chanting “inappropriate and abusive language” on the Mars goalie, in response to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League. On Thursday, the league introduced that Armstrong college students can be prohibited from attending video games for the rest of the season, together with through the playoffs.
“Offering a secure surroundings for member associations and gamers to take part in interscholastic hockey will all the time be the P.I.H.L.’s main objective,” the league mentioned in a press release. “Any actions by spectators that jeopardize or infringe upon the flexibility of gamers to take part in interscholastic hockey in a secure surroundings is not going to be tolerated.”
The ban, which initially utilized to college students in grades 9 by 12, was later prolonged to incorporate seventh and eighth graders, the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners, which oversees the ability the place the sport was performed, confirmed in a press release on Thursday.
Kirk Lorigan, an Armstrong highschool principal, told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the scholars who led the mantra had been subjected to “acceptable faculty self-discipline,” however he didn’t specify precisely what actions have been taken.
Neither Mr. Lorigan nor Mike Cominos, one other principal at Armstrong, which is in Kittanning, Pa., might instantly be reached for touch upon Friday.
On Friday, the board of administrators for the Mars Hockey Membership referred to as the incident “fully unacceptable.”
“We’re hopeful that the eye this incident has drawn will make clear the problems our feminine athletes face which should not be tolerated and that this consideration will assist with eliminating such a conduct from our sport,” the board mentioned in a press release. The board declined to reveal the goalie’s id to guard her security.
Along with barring Armstrong college students from attending video games, the league additionally required the varsity to supply a facility member or administrator to attend each residence and away sport in an effort to monitor and report any “inappropriate” conduct.
In Western Pennsylvania, highschool hockey shouldn’t be school-sponsored however a membership sport, run by dad and mom and boosters at every faculty. Armstrong is the one faculty within the league at present required to have a school member in attendance.
The Armstrong River Hawks have been additionally positioned on disciplinary probation for the remainder of the season. Siblings of varsity Armstrong hockey gamers can go to video games in the event that they sit with a father or mother or a guardian.
The Armstrong Space College District issued a proper apology to the Mars Space College District and mentioned it will be apologizing to the goalie as nicely, in response to Mark Gross, the Mars district superintendent. In line with the Mars varsity and junior varsity rosters, the identical goalie performs on each groups.
“We’re assured that the Armstrong Space College District’s efforts will result in acceptable self-discipline for these concerned whereas additionally minimizing the potential for future incidents,” Dr. Gross added.
The controversy has inspired opinion articles in local newspapers and drawn consideration from skilled hockey gamers.
Meghan Duggan, an Olympic gold medalist, tweeted in support of the goalie. “Each time you are taking the ice, girls & women everywhere in the hockey group are pleased with YOU!” she wrote. “You signify a lot greater than the hateful phrases that have been directed towards you. I stand with you.”
“To all the ladies & girls who’ve watched this video & thought there may be not a spot for you on this sport — there may be,” Kendall Coyne Schofield, one other Olympic gold medalist, said in a tweet. “To all of these chanting/watching — there may be not.”