A video surfaced showing a high school cheer coach and fellow cheerleaders at East High School push a girl into a forced split. The coach appears to stand above the girl as other girls hold her down. The girl who was forced into a split was screaming for them to stop, but they did not stop right away. There's allegedly eight videos showing the coach force cheerleaders into a full extended split.
The coach, assistant coach, principal, assistant principal, and Denver Public Schools deputy general counsel were all placed on leave. It's unknown why the principals and deputy general counsel were placed on leave. If they were unaware of the practice, then what are they on leave for? If they were aware of the practice and videos, but did nothing to stop the exercise that placed a girl in pain, supposedly tearing her muscles and ligaments at the same time, then it makes sense to place them on leave until a proper investigation and outcome is determined.
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“He was pushing like with his other knee on my back to try and keep my posture straight,” said freshman cheerleader Ally Wakefield. “It was tearing my ligaments and my muscle at the same time.”
The cheer coach, assistant cheer coach, high school principal, assistant principal and Denver Public Schools deputy general counsel have all been placed on leave.
In a statement superintendent Tom Boasberg said, “We absolutely prohibit any practices that place our students’ physical and mental health in jeopardy.”
Here is one of the videos of the girl being forced into a split.
Comments on social media have pointed out that there are all black people holding down a white girl. They proceed to suggest that if this was all white people holding down a black girl, that it would be called racist. Other commenters suggested to stop making everything about racism. Just because there's a various number of particular people in a video or on a cheer team, it doesn't mean anyone is racist or the story has anything to do with racism.
For the record, this story is only about a girl being in pain, telling her coach and teammates to stop, and them not listening to her request.
Always stop when they say stop.