High school football team calls for change after heckling

In response to repeated heckling during an away game last Thursday that was allegedly sexual in nature, the Hartford High School women’s football team (White River Junction, Vt.) Left the field with six minutes left. to play.

When the Hurricanes then entered the field two days later, they decided it was time for them to make their voices heard.

There were no individual presentations of the players; the young women chose to be presented as one.

Their opponent, Otter Valley Union High School (Brandon, Vt.), Chose to do the same. In midfield, in a show of solidarity, they lined up and tied their arms, but the teams were not on either side of the center line. Players from both teams alternated and stood together.

Then a few of the top Hartford team leaders picked up microphones and addressed the crowd. They read a variation of a statement prepared by the school’s athletic board that was written on Friday.

Then, as they would with any game, and to complete the goal of their presence, both teams heard the national anthem – arms still locked – and they played the sport they love.

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