WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The only female hockey player of a high school team was mocked for her gender during a championship game.
- The opposing team called her a “dude”, raising a cardboard sign asking her to reveal her gender.
- The school of the hockey team in question had since apologized to her, citing that those involved will be disciplined accordingly.
Female hockey player, Alyssa Wruble is a 17-year-old high school student from Pennsylvania. She is the only female playing for the Northampton Area High School varsity team.
Last Wednesday, during a championship game against the Parkland Ice Hockey Team, held in Lehigh Valley, Wruble was verbally attacked by fans of the opposing team because of being the only girl in the game. They chanted, calling her a “dude” while raising signs that read “Alyssa gender reveal”.
Wruble said that the chants must have been by an entire student section because of its volume. She said, “When I skated over, all I heard was ‘Wruble, you’re a dude,’ and apparently my uncle and aunt and also my father heard them say I have a penis.”
She added that “Any girl should be allowed to be as good as a guy. It shouldn’t matter what gender they are. If they want to play a sport you should let them, you shouldn’t bring them down for wanting to go do something they love.”
Donna Bloss, Alyssa’s aunt posted on social media about what happened, saying that those people are “jealous” since Wruble had scored two goals during the dame.
She posted, “The level of unsportsmanlike conduct during these several championship games was mind boggling. I’ve toyed with whether or not to even put this out there for fear of upsetting my niece even further but she knows this was done out of sheer jealousy.”
Wruble said she wants an apology from those who put up the sign and called her names during the game.
The opposing team’s school, Parkland High School and Parkland School District have since made an apology to Wruble and her family.
The school posted a statement on Facebook saying, “There is no place for unsportsmanlike conduct or personal harassment in our school, or anywhere, and anyone involved will be disciplined according to Parkland policy and procedures.”