A Pennsylvania high school hockey player was taunted last Wednesday by opposing fans with a sign prompting her to "reveal" her gender and chants calling her a "dude" during a championship game in Lehigh Valley.
Alyssa Wruble, the only girl on the Northampton Area High School varsity hockey team, was playing in a championship game against the Parkland Ice Hockey Team when she heard the chants attacking her gender. Alyssa's aunt, Donna Bloss, posted Saturday on Facebook about the incident and included photos of a sign that read "Alyssa gender reveal?" with the signs for male and female.
"The level of unsportsmanlike conduct during these several championship games was mind boggling," Bloss said in her post. "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."
The 17-year-old athlete told Fox 29 on Tuesday that the chants were so loud that it must have been the entire student section participating.
"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," Alyssa told the news station.
Alyssa, who scored two goals during the game, said she wants an apology from the people who were responsible for the sign.
"Any girl should be allowed to be as good as a guy," she said. "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."
The Parkland Ice Hockey President, Mike Byelick, stepped down from his position in the wake of the incident and said the team did not condone the sign, according to Lehigh Valley Live. The team did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.
Parkland High School and Parkland School District apologized to Alyssa for any pain that the sign inflicted on her and her family in statement posted to the high school's Facebook page Sunday.
"There is no place for unsportsmanlike conduct or personal harassment in our school, or any where, and anyone involved will be disciplined according to Parkland policy and procedures," the school said.
Alyssa and her family were not immediately available for comment to NBC News Wednesday.