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January 8, 2007

Reindeer games at McKinney North High School

Filed under: Cheerleaders, McKinney North High School, Socialization, Texas — texased @ 10:32 am

For those who read “Rudolf and the road not taken” post, it looks like the reindeer were in McKinney High School. Working backwards, here are the “apologies” from the reindeer about not letting Rudolph join any reindeer games.

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

“I don’t have a senior year,” Elizabeth said. “I might have made some bad decisions like the picture and staying in the group at homecoming, but it’s taught me a lot about how life is. I’ve learned a lot from it.”

Here are reindeer parents explaining that is was just a game and after all, they’re just teenage reindeer:

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

The cheerleaders admit they’ve messed up, but they deny they are mean people. Some of them are honor students. Others volunteered at shelters after Hurricane Katrina.”I’ve done charity work with these girls,” the mother of another cheerleader said. “I’ve stayed up all night seeing them work at shelters.”

Here’s the “well it shouldn’t have happened but now it’s affecting all of Santa’s operations so could we please do something about it so that Santa in’t embarrassed?”

Star Community Newspapers:

Cheryl True, the mother of a MNHS junior, also said the district’s investigation is still causing problems for the school.

“Seniors at McKinney North have had to delay college applications because they are waiting on letters of recommendation from administrators who weren’t available,” True said. “Students at North have been made to feel embarrassed and ashamed in college interviews for something they had nothing to do with and that you have complete control over. Students, staff and parents have to continue to deal with gossip and ridicule.”

True blamed the district for not providing enough information to the public on the MNHS situation and not sharing more of the blame.

“To say you’re focusing your attention of educating students is an insult,” True said. “You’ve been focusing your attention on protecting yourselves. That’s not the kind of leadership we need in McKinney.”

Here’s the reindeer school directors blaming the organizer of the reindeer games.

McKinney ISD Issues Response To Cheerleader Sponsor – Education:

Fact: Interestingly, Ms. Ward sent a thank you card to her principal on September 26, just two days before her resignation as cheerleading sponsor, praising her for her leadership. The card included statements such as: “I want you to know that I admire the way you’re handling things and taking care of what needs to be done. You are so strong, you always display such a professional demeanor, and somehow you manage to smile all the way through it! I look up to you in so many ways! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.” Eight days later, Ms. Ward stated to the Dallas Morning News that her attempts to discipline were thwarted due to the fact that the principal’s daughter was on the squad. It is important to note, McKinney North High School Principal Linda Theret’s daughter earned a spot on the squad through an impartial tryout process and Ms. Theret has not appealed any of the consequences that her daughter has received. Ms. Ward is attempting to capitalize on the fact that Ms. Theret’s daughter is on the squad by omitting the relevant facts on this issue when speaking to the press.

And here’s someone stating what no one wants to admit:

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

Mr. Jones said Saturday that he wishes the families well, saying the kids’ behavior didn’t shock him as much as it appears to have shocked the media.”I really wasn’t faulting the kids’ behavior so much as trying to determine whether the adults did their jobs,” he said.

The press’s reaction has been a cross between “Shocking! Just shocking! Our society would never condone such behavior” and “see how the mighty have fallen” both of which ignores the fact that you could find this going on in any school in the country.

That just leaves the question of where’s Rudolph? The media hasn’t seemed to be able to find a specific person who was excluded from the reindeer games. Somehow, the cheerleading coach, Michaela Ward just doesn’t fit the bill. And maybe that’s the most revealing aspect to this whole story. Nobody wants to come forward and admit that they have been excluded from the reindeer games or that they had been mistreated at the hands of the popular reindeer. Why? Because while these specific reindeer may be reassigned or graduate, the reindeer game remains and no one wants to suggest that their might be something wrong with the game itself if there is still a chance for them to join it.
In real life, there is no Rudolph that can come in, save the day, and redeem the other reindeer because that only happens in fairy tales.

12 Comments »

  1. I am so glad to see proper attention given to this whole mess.

    Your last paragraph hit the nail on the head, where are the discussions of the impact on other kids? If ADULTS where treated this way by this group of girls, how did they treat there peers?

    Allow a little projection on my part, but I recall some horrible behavior on the part of such girls when I was a youth, and in my case, these girls were not allowed free reign such in this case. To me, it is the makings of a remake of “Lord of the Flies”…perhaps “Ladies of the Cheer”.

    I pitty those who managed to get draw these girls negative attention or get in their way. I have nothing but contempt for any adult who may have allowed such an environment to exist for kids who were just trying to get an education without being miserable.

    Comment by Maggie in Texas — January 9, 2007 @ 1:59 pm

  2. My name is Ashley and I attend Mckinney North High School.

    I’m a freshman but am not a cheerleader.

    I would just like to say that just because some of our cheerleaders are immature and have given our school a bad reputation, the majority of our school is NOT like this. We are now known nationally for a scandal that only five students were involved in.

    Yes they messed up, and it isn’t right that they weren’t punished properly. But come on! Now is the time to move on. It’s over and its time the “fabulous five” stop getting so much special teaching.

    Mckinney North has many great things about it. The news is just out to depict the bad things.

    Comment by Ashley — January 9, 2007 @ 8:14 pm

  3. Sweet Ashley,
    Don’t be so disturbed. What happened with your “fabulous five” is not so terribly surprising, just about every high school for the entire history of high schools has their own “fabulous five.” The movie “Heathers” did so well because it was just a fictionalized version of those special girls that make everyone else’s life miserable in high school. No one looks upon the other students with any opinion. We have all lived it. I am sure these particular girls are no different than the ones that used to haunt the halls of my high school. Yes, these 5 particular girls are being called to task about their own actions, and quite possibly for the actions of every schools “fabulous five”. I am sorry that it is causing you stress but I have to say that this is healing to all the girls in the rest of the country that are dealing every day with their own “fabulous five” and even if you think all the attention is spotlighted on your school, I can guarantee you this is actually making all the regular high school girls lives a little better all over the country. Whether they know it or not those clicky little “mean girl” groups in high school do damage to everyone around them who is not part of their click and as sad as these particular girls may be now, I can say from experience that there are girls in your school now that will suffer the emotional scars from girls like them for years, this will pass for the cheerleaders as just a bad time, the damage they do to the countless others they step on in their path sometimes doesn’t ever heal.

    Comment by For Ashley — January 11, 2007 @ 12:04 am

  4. 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 @ 12:47 am

  5. I have to suspect that McKinney is very happy that other cheerleaders have become the media “darlings” of the moment. I can almost hear the sigh of relief from here….

    Comment by Maggie in Texas — January 29, 2007 @ 10:55 am

  6. I’d love to beat every single one of the fab five’s bitchy little asses.
    Learn some fucking respect you lousy scags, because you won’t go anywhere in real life, your senior year may have been “your year”, how pathetic that the best year of your lives was that one, that just shows how sad and poor the rest of your lives will be.

    Comment by Andrea Halleck — January 31, 2009 @ 11:23 pm

  7. I am ashamed of the Texas Schools who try to cater to the snobs. These fab 5 or whatever you call them. or the top miss prisses. I have endured numerous put downs and being manipulated due to their carelessness. I have also been assaulted by a preppie. I did dare report them to the authorities. I have been threatened by one of the prissies. This happened in my former high school. I pray that state of Texas will pass the moral standard where the high class will have to act like the low class. I believe its happening how. we do need to bring the snobs down to earth. No one is better than anyone. we all breathe the same air and eat along with sleep. No one is better than anyone. disabled or normal. we all just human beings.

    Comment by Phill — February 6, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

  8. Sociopaths account for approximatly 1 in 25 people. They are born, not made. They don’t get “better”; “Mean girls” grow up to be “mean women”. Through their experiences harming others, they learn more subtle ways of taking down their “prey”. They are preditors. You can not beat them, only avoid them. They are your “Bully Boss”, your corrupt politician, your “Casey Anthony”.

    Comment by Mia — March 22, 2009 @ 4:51 pm

  9. Sweet blog. I never know what I am going to come across next. I think you should do more posting as you have some pretty intelligent stuff to say.

    I’ll be watching you . 🙂

    Comment by dratrortacelf — June 4, 2009 @ 1:05 am

  10. ahahaha
    I think those girls are hilarious.
    Why were people scaredof girls who have no self-esteem.
    Decided to black-mail instead of playing the game fairly.
    They wouldn’t last a day in REAL high school. they would’ve been stomped on. “D
    It makes me laugh to hear their story. Especially because they didn’t win crap.

    Oh and their parents, needed to beat the crap out of them.

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