Cut from her high school cheer team, a Florida student isn’t just taking the decision to heart, she could be taking it to court.
As reported by the Tallahassee Democrat, the family of a Leon High School student has threatened legal action against Leon County Schools after the high school senior was left off the cheer team’s varsity roster (the girl’s name has not been released).
Leon County Schools are currently reviewing the family’s complaint, and will make an announcement during the coming weeks concerning the girl’s future on the team. According to a previous report from the same news source, if the district determines the Florida teen belongs on the team, it wouldn’t be the first time they’ve overruled a decision by a school team to cut an athlete.
Coaches and athletes have said they’ll quit if it the student at the center of the controversy – who reportedly fell twice during her tumbling routine and ranked too low to avoid getting cut – does make the team.
“They should not put an athlete on the team that doesn’t deserve to be on the team,” Leon High head cheer coach Caylen Berry told the Tallahassee Democrat. “A decision like this would question my integrity as a professional. It also questions the entire legitimacy of tryouts and cheerleading as a sport.”
What do you think? As an athlete or staff member, would you stand by Coach Berry's remarks?