It just took one disgruntled parent to contact the school board after her daughter didn’t make the East Hanover High School cheer squad in New Jersey, for the board to abandon their “exclusionary” tryout program, giving every student who wants to be a cheerleader the opportunity, regardless of qualifications.
Everybody gets a trophy…
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.
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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.” –NYP