From NY Post: A New Jersey mom went to her daughter’s school and complained about her not making the cheerleading squad — so now everyone gets to make the team.
“All my hard work has been thrown out the window,” seethed cheerleader Stephanie Krueger about the ruling during a Board of Education meeting last week in East Hanover. “I tried my hardest. Now everything is going away because of one child who did not make the team, and their parent complained.”
Instead of having tryouts and making cuts, cheer coaches at Hanover Park High School have decided to let everyone participate. The school’s athletic director said they changed the policy as a direct result of the mom’s complaint.
When asked to do away with the new rule, officials threatened to scrap the 10-member squad altogether — telling parents and students that everyone makes the team, or nobody does.
The school claims it wants to make cheerleading more “inclusive” and says it plans to stick by its decision. The local board of education is reportedly reviewing the policy.
Krueger and several other cheerleaders voiced their anger last Wednesday during a board meeting, according to News 12 New Jersey.
“I came up here to state that I did not put in 18 months of work to lead up to this moment, just to be told it didn’t matter anymore,” said sophomore Jada Alcontara.
In response to the outrage, the school board released a statement saying: “In order to facilitate a more inclusive program, the alignment between the various cheerleading squads would be modified to allow all interested students to be able to participate. This decision was made in the best interest of all students and was made to be as inclusive as possible.”
The board president said a ruling on the matter would be made at a later date.