Penn Hills School Board recognizes college volleyball team

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Members of the Penn Hills College Women’s Volleyball Team were recognized at the April 26 Penn Hills School Board meeting.

The team made headlines with a March 2 incident during a game against Kiski, in which Penn Hills alleges the athletes were racially attacked. Kiski Area School District officials denied the charges following an investigation.

“Tonight, we felt it was more appropriate to recognize the members of this team, this coaching staff, who went through this traumatic experience,” said Penn Hills School District Superintendent Dr. Nancy Hines.

“We’re so sorry you had to go through this, but we want to know we’re behind you,” she told team members. “And we are delighted to have you as students.”

Penn Hills investigated the incident and said the seven students interviewed as part of the process stood by accusations of racial taunting leveled at them by Kiski fans. Hines said at the board meeting that she didn’t meet with the entire team, only those who had first-hand information about what happened.

“I had the pleasure of meeting these young women several weeks ago after a very unfortunate incident at Kiski Gym,” Hines said. “These young women were outspoken and they were talking about something that bothered them a lot.

“We know there’s been a lot of publicity about this particular incident, and it’s really us who caused it, because we’ve publicly stated that this behavior is unacceptable. It doesn’t meet our standards. and we will not subject our students to this type of treatment.

The Penn Hills School District has since declined to play Kiski Area in any sport.

Hines mentioned that there was a threat of sanctions from the WPIAL for not playing games against Kiski, but that the spring sports teams were in favor of the boycott. She said on April 26 that WPIAL’s board of directors decided that Penn Hills would not be sanctioned.

Logan Carney is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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