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December 9, 2006

McKinney ISD Cheerleading Mess

First, you’ve got to read this:

Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Latest News:

Cheerleading mess a team effort Give us some willful teens; give us some enabling adults – what do we got? A mess.

And who’s reaction do they go for? The students and parents.

Star Community Newspapers:

Parents and students in McKinney Independent School District had mixed reactions about the recent decision to put McKinney North High School Principal Linda Theret and Assistant Principal Richard Brunner on paid administrative leave with the possibility of termination.

Why didn’t they ask the teachers who work there?

12 Comments »

  1. As a parent of a daughter who was a cheerleader 10 years ago….which really doesn’t seem like that long ago…… we had to sign agreements, as did our daughters, that they were to never wear their uniforms outside of games and school sponsored activites, etc. or they would be off the team. (ex. can’t wear uniforms to mall or shopping) The girls promised not to drink, smoke or do drugs and if they did, they were off the team. The girls promised to adhere to the law of the land or they were off the team. They parents and the girls signed the same agreements. The sponsors were supported by the parents and the girls loved her.
    I think this cheerleading thing is just the beginning of seeing the truth of how parents treat their children today.(of every age) Kids are never held responsible for their actions and now there are no good teachers who will teach the future leaders (?????) of our country. By allowing these children to have their way and disrespect everyone and everything, the parents are only giving the children an opening to the beginnning of failure.

    Comment by Carol McCoy — January 4, 2007 @ 8:07 pm

  2. The super Tom “I really don’t give a crap” Crowe in the MISD would trample any teacher who spoke out against the administration.

    And there is a cheerleader constitution, but when it comes to inappropriate behavior, one of the girls mother has appealed and won the fight, because “inappropriate behavior” is too ambiguous.

    Bottom line, this is a small subset of girls and parents and it is not indicative of the rest of the squad, their parents, or McKinney Texas. If this had been my child, I would have taken her off the squad myself, and made her wish she had never even thought about doing something like this.

    NO ACCOUNTABILITY and they don’t seem to care.

    Comment by Justice is Served — January 8, 2007 @ 9:42 pm

  3. The girls are to blame, the parents are to blame.

    Period.

    What, do these kids live in a vacuum? Are you going to tell me that they’d no concept of right and wrong?

    It’s crap. They needed to be thrown off the team, and expelled.

    The parents? That they played advocate for their daughters, instead of parent, is the core of the problem. I’m not keen on holding parents responsible for the actions of their children, but in a situation like this, I’d have no problem with making an exception.

    Finally: The administration for this school should be unseated immediately. For them to act with so little spine, caving to the whims of bitchy parents to protect, and therefore underwrite and endorse, the bitchy behavior of their daughters is beyond reproach.

    As an aside, however, I’m quite certain that this is not an isolated incident. If you are one of the unlucky folks who takes their vacations during the period when Disney World hosts the cheerleader competition in the parks, then you know that foul-mouthed, rude, obscene and otherwise unacceptable behavior is quite commonplace for cheerleaders.

    Comment by Peter Octavian — January 27, 2007 @ 12:49 am

  4. These girls should have been paddled the same as the cheerleaders at other schools are. If they break the rules a few swats with the paddle always gets them back in line.

    Comment by Penny — February 3, 2007 @ 8:39 am

  5. THE RULES ARE THE RULES IF THEY ARE BROKEN A PERSON SHOULD BE LET GO. PARENT’S/ KIDS ARE NOT HELD ACCOUNTABLE ENOUGH TODAY FOR BREAKING SCHOOL RULES AND DRESS CODES. I THINK ALL KIDS/STAFF SHOULD HAVE A SCHOOL UNIFORM.SHOES TOO.SPANKING DOESN’T TEACH ACCOUNTABILITY/PROBLEM SOLVEING TO KIDS.

    Comment by RACHAEL NELSON — April 10, 2007 @ 8:34 am

  6. I disagree with you Rachael, spanking or paddling was, is and always will be the most effective discipline in school whether it’s middle or high school. Paddle swats work if they are used right. I was paddled when I was in high school 7 years ago and I believe the lessons I learned from it made me a better person in the long run.

    Comment by Stacey — August 3, 2007 @ 9:06 pm

  7. as a cheerleader myself, this disgusts me. not only are they making themselves look bad, but they are reflecting bad on their school, and ultimately their community. These girls just proved that even the littlest bit of leeway and we can do ANYTHING WE WANT. its just really sad. IF there was ANYONE with attitude like that on any of the teams in my city, they would be removed with no chance to cheer AGAIN. and it would be fair, cheerleaders need to get along with people, listen and know their boundaries. These girls pushed it Way to far, and because the prinipal was the one squad members mom it made it harder to do anything about it, because all parents think their child is “an angel”. It was great to see that the 5th and final coach who was run off went public, because if they didn’t who would have stopped these monstrosities that they are calling girls? In my opinions it was they girls, and the principals fault…both actions were wrong, and now appropriate actions have been taken, hopefully the ex-principal never works near her daughter again! Thoses girls have just made cheerleading reps even worse then they already are!

    Comment by Kim — October 29, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

  8. I would like to know what the Superintendidn’t was getting on the side? Besides, those girls ended any chance of cheering for any other school again. The college squads are much more controlled and of the 4 squades in Texas that i’ve talked to, they will not allow any of them to try out for thier teams. Assuming of course that any of those “girls” ever get into (if so, then stay) college. Last I heard, Slut is not a major in college.

    Comment by Curious — July 12, 2008 @ 3:56 am

  9. I KNOW ITS ALITTLE TO LATE FOR MY COMMENT BUT IM GOING TO LEAVE IT ANYWAYS. MS.THERET WAS MY MATH TEACHER IN THE 6TH GRADE ALL THE WAY UP UNTIL SHE BECAME A PRINCIPAL FOR NORTH. I COULDNT IMAGINE HER DOING SOMETHING TO THE POINT. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY A MOTHER WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR HER DAUGHTERS LOVE.AND IN THIS CASE THAT WAS TRUE. I SEEN THE FAB FIVE MOVIE ON LIFETIME AND I KNOW THOSE GIRLS WHERE NOT THAT CRUNK.BEATING PEOPLE UP AND BEING REAL SMART ASSES. THE WAY IT LOOKS LIKE TO ME IS THAT MS.THERET TOOK HER POWER OF AUTHORITY FOR GRANTED AND DID NOTHING TO PUNISH THE SQUAD. WHICH IS VERY UNFAIR TO THE OTHER STUDENTS THAT DO WORK HARD. I BELIEVE ITS THE CHEERLEADERS FAULT AND THE PRINCIPALS FAULT.I HATE TO SAY THAT AND GO AGAINST ONE OF MY GREAT TEACHERS.BUT PUT YOUR WHOLE CAREER ON THE EDGE AND KNOWING THAT YOU COULD POSSIBLY LOSE EVERYTHING FOR WHAT?FOR A SPOT IN THE LIGHT?FOR A SCHOLARSHIP FOR CHEERLEADING?FOR WHAT TO MAKE YOUR SCHOOL LOOK LIKE YOUR BETTER?NO YOU DO THAT BY EDUCATION!!! AND DISCIPLINE!!! I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED BY THE NEWS AND THE INFO THAT I HAVE READ AND HEARD. I COULDNT BELEIVE THAT MS.THERET WOULD GO THAT FAR. I THINK THAT ALL THE GIRLS SHOULD HAVE BEEN KICKED OFF THE SQUAD AND EXPELLED FROM SCHOOL. AND THEN THE PRINCIPALS…. JUST THINK ABOUT IT,IF THIS WAS AN ONGOING ISSUE.WHAT IS ARE THEY HIDING,OR NOT DOING THEIR JOB RIGHT. DONT GET ME WRONG MS.THERET GETS HER SCHOOL TO THAT TOP PERCENT TILE BUT OTHER THEN THAT THE DISCIPLINE AREA IS SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE WORKED ON AND I HOPE IF SHE GOES BACK TO MNHS THINGS GET CLEARED UP AND FIXED.BECAUSE SHE IS A GREAT TEACHER AND HAS REALLY GREAT MORALS…

    Comment by RACHEL PRIETO TREVINO — August 8, 2008 @ 11:18 am

  10. Back in 1988, when I was a senior in high school, two cheerleaders were caught one evening smoking cigarettes underneath the bleachers during a football game. The woman who caught them, Mrs. Kenshaw, one of the schools P.E. teachers, immediatly marched the girls to the administration building and gave them a paddling. These girls were seniors, one of them prom queen, but that didn’t matter–they got their butts blistered that night.
    That’s what these girls at that Texas school needed. Nothing can convince a young woman to keep her skirts down better than a good old fashion paddling. And when I was in school, a paddling also meant you got a whipping when you got home.
    And that’s where parents need to step up to the plate. The image of a father pulling off his belt can stay in a young womans memory for a long time, making her think twice before misbehaving. These cheerleaders should have gotten their behinds blistered at school, then should have been put across the bed for a whipping on their bare bottoms by their fathers when they got home. I can assure you, they would have kept their skirts down from then on.

    Comment by Dean — July 3, 2009 @ 11:27 pm

    • YIKES!!!!!…..that sounds about right.

      Comment by matt — January 12, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

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