The stands at Winooski High School we’re packed Tuesday as the community rallied to support the school’s soccer team.
At a September 18 home game against Enosburg Falls, players say they were the target of a racial slurs and aggression. School staff in Winooski say racist words and actions have no place in Vermont.
“These are our kids, even if they’re in 12th grade, and I work in the elementary school,” Sarah Rabe, principal of JFK Elementary said. “They’re still our kids and we still want to come out and support them, back them up with coming forward and being brave enough to talk about what happens on fields across Vermont on a regular basis.”
The Vermont Principals’ Association confirmed that it’s investigating the incident. It’s also looking into an alleged head-butting incident toward a player on the Enosburg Falls team. Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
For the Winooski community, it was important to stand up against hate and show the Onion City is a place of diversity and inclusion.
“People really just came here to show their support and love for the Winooski team,” Ali Hassan said. “The soccer team has been through a lot since Saturday’s game. They were discriminated, ashamed, it’s really just a sad story.”