Mallard Creek HS volleyball players disappointed after meeting with NCHSAA commissioner

Mallard Creek HS parents demand stronger punishment

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Mallard Creek High School volleyball players and their parents had a meeting with the commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA), Que Tucker, on Thursday.

The meeting centered around the treatment Mallard Creek HS girls volleyball team got when they played Lake Norman High School back in September. Players say they were harassed and intimidated by students yelling racial and sexual comments at them.

Players and parents were hoping to get action after their meeting, but some left disappointed.

"Now it hurts even more because now we know - for 100 percent sure - nothing will be done and nothing has been done," player Payton James said.

Players wanted harsh penalties for all Lake Norman High School students involved in the bad behavior. Their suggestions included the team to forfeit a game to suspension from team sports and school.

The students explained the response they say they recieved from the commissioner about their requests.

"That a lot of the things we want to be done that she couldn't do," player Diana Guevara said. "She pretty much told us this is above her head."

Players say their other request is a simple apology from Lake Norman High School.

"All we want is an apology," Guevara said. "All we want is something to be done so that Lake Norman knows that this can't go on."

Parents say the NCHSAA commissioner was hoping the superintendents of the school districts would be able to work it out and bring resolution. Parents want a policy change when it comes to sportsmanlike conduct at all state games. Officials say things could have been handled differently at that game.

"None of the protocols were followed," Guevara said. "She just kind of said that sports management failed us at that point."

Students are now taking matters into their own hands. They have started a petition for people to sign so they can stand up, vowing to help create positive environments and school games and participate in no negative chanting and comments during games. The goal is to have 5,000 signatures they will present them to NCHSAA. Players don't want their effort to be in vain.

"We did everything we possibly could," James said. "Wrote emails - let them know how we felt. Our parents let them know how we felt. We let them know we felt belittled, degrading - the sexist comments the racists comments were very unacceptable and it's still unacceptable."

Students will continue to fight and they hope change will happen soon. The commissioner has invited Mallard Creek HS Volleyball players to tell their story at the next NCHSAA board meeting. That meeting will take place at the end of November.

To sign the petition, click here.

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