Sunday, March 19, 2006

Texas cheerleader madness

This is one of those "only in Texas" stories. Maybe an outsider might read this and go, what the heck is this doing on the front page of a metropolitan daily? But if you're from Texas, you don't have to ask, you know. And if you are an "outsider" and look at this article and think it sounds like one big honkin' mess, believe me, that's because it's one big honkin' mess. (Honestly! Adding "four incoming seniors" who "hadn't qualified at the tryout"? That is a recipe for disaster.) There's no happy solution here. And you know cheerleader camp is not going to be much fun this year . . .

Parent furor simmers over cheerleader selection
[Annoying free registration req'd. yet again]
Carroll ISD: Trustees to meet [Monday night] on dispute over its ruling on squad

09:33 PM CST on Sunday, March 19, 2006
By LAURIE FOX / The Dallas Morning News
SOUTHLAKE – For the second time in two weeks, Carroll school board members will tackle the increasingly thorny issue of how the high school varsity cheerleading squad should be formed.

Monday night, trustees will consider a grievance that arose from their March 6 decision to cut the squad by more than half and order new tryouts.

This time, parents are saying that the December tryout process for the Carroll Senior High School squad was flawed. They contend the process involved questionable decisions by several district employees.

Amid charges of unfair judging and favoritism, the issue continues to plague the district and distract the community as students and staff return today from spring break.

. . . Most local school districts say they've never had such complaints reach the school board level. Plano, in fact, does not allow tryout complaints to proceed past the campus level.

Hey, I think Belarus could spare some of those international election monitors, we have a situation developing here . . .

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meg, I wonder if you remember a case about 10 years ago where a woman tried to hire an off-duty police officer to kill a girl. The intended victim was a competitor for a cheerleader slot, and the mother wanted to get rid of the competition.

I think it was in Pasadena outside of Houston. So this mom, concerned about her daughter's success at the cheerleader try-out, tried to have this other girl bumped off. Fortunately, the off-duty cop arrested mom before the murder took place. I think the mom was offering over $5,000 for the hit.

I've told a few people this story, and the response I got back from some of our fellow Texans was, "Well, did the daughter make the squad?"

--Greg outside Dallas

3/21/2006 09:09:00 PM  
Blogger Meg Q said...

Greg - that sounds about right.

Yes, I remember that. I just remember being surprised that a) no one had really thought of that tactic before and b) she was only offering $5,000.

3/21/2006 11:49:00 PM  

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