3.06.2006

Get Those Bad Tumblers Away From My Daughter!

I love this controversy in Southlake: The varsity [cheerleading] squad has 32 members, up from 25 last year. Varsity cheerleaders are expected to be proficient in tumbling, gymnastics and synchronized cheers. The drama began during tryouts in December when only 14 students earned scores high enough to be on the team, far fewer than in previous years. Parents of some of the students not chosen complained, saying that the scoring was flawed. In response, district officials decided that anyone who tried out could be on the team. So some parents of the original 14 filed a grievance Jan. 27, arguing that only girls with passing scores should be on the squad. Terri Keene, whose sophomore daughter was among the 14, said the district unfairly bowed to pressure.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pretty pathetic. If there are 27 girls who want to be cheerleaders, then let them. You can disperse 27 girls around a field; it's not too crowded. Mothers of the 14 are just, well, Southlake types.

Anonymous said...

Is there really a such concern over cheerleading? Cheerleading? Insane! It is all so useless.

Anonymous said...

If parents would only get this upset about academic classes...I feel sure many of these girls will earn a living being a cheerleader...

Anonymous said...

Hey! Hey! Hey! Don't be dis'in cheerleading. Cheerleaders are people too. Some of the best blow jobs in high school are given by cheerleaders!

Anonymous said...

You make up rules - then you can't measure up. What's the solution? Penalize those who actually qualified by allowing everyone to participate. Suppose we could do this with the TAKS tests, too. If you fail, just change the pass level. See? It's simple!

And recall, being a cheerleader can lead to bigger things - Prez Bush couldn't make the athletic teams so he became a cheerleader. And still is.

Anonymous said...

I understand that the Decatur cheerleading tryouts were judged by people who were out-of-state! Probably cuts down on the ability to make death threats!

Anonymous said...

hey i have an idea why dont we all pressure the southlake carrol isd for a ten thousand dollar check since they seem to bow down to pressure we would have a great chance and as far as the tumbling goes cheerleading is a dnagerous sport where one wrong move can cause serious problems even injury for the others on the squad and since southlake bowed to the parents wants and have le those girls on the squad iwell i would hate to be there lawyer

Anonymous said...

Similar deal in Bridgeport last year. Except it was a dad they caved into to rather than a mom.

This whole thing goes back to "soccer moms" Ever go to an awards ceremony for your kid's soccer team. Since the moms got involved, everyone gets a 3 foot trophy for participating. A table of trophies stretches 50 feet. It makes awards meaningless but no one feels excluded.