A Video Has Surfaced Showing A Cheerleader Being Forced Into Painful Splits
Looks like a cheer leading session was not so much about the cheer part, and ended up instead being a painful ordeal that left one high school student in physical therapy.
Denver police are investigation the administration at East side highschool after receiving multiple videos of cheerleaders being forced into painful splits.
One of the recordings which has been released to the public, allegedly shows several cheerleaders holding out another student’s legs and arms, as she is in a split formation as a coach pushes her down.
In the disturbing video, she can be heard over and over crying out in pain, other students in the video can be heard laughing and telling her to stop crying and kinda bare with the pain, she continued to beg them a number of times to “please stop” before the coach finally pulled her up. Once the student is pulled up she looks as though she can barely hold herself up.
The student, who has identified herself as Ally, appeared on 9News with her mother. “This is a grown man pushing my 13-year-old girl so hard against her will while she is crying and screaming for him to stop that he is ripping tissues in her body,” the mom said. She also told CBS Denver that Ally suffered a burst blood vessel from the incident and is currently in physical therapy.
The mom said she sent the video to the school in June, but the administration didn’t launch an investigation until Wednesday, August 23, which is the same day the Denver Police Department received an anonymous tip and launched their own investigation, The Huffington Post reports.
“We absolutely prohibit any practices that place our students’ physical and mental health in jeopardy,” said Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg. “We do not and will not allow any situation in which a student is forced to perform an activity or exercise beyond the point at which they express their desire to stop.”
The cheer coach identified as Ozell Williams had the following to say about the video, “You can definitely say that what was in the video could be seen in a different light,” he told the outlet. “I would love to tell my story, but I can’t say anything else at this time.”
The school’s principal, assistant principal, and DPS deputy general counsel have been placed on leave along with Williams and assistant cheer coach Mariah Cladis.