Friday, December 24, 2010

In cheerleading case, bad outcome for everybody

This case is getting attention nationally.

A Texas cheerleader is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether she was wrongfully kicked off the squad for refusing to cheer for a player during a basketball game. That player was a boy whom she accused of raping her at a party, a boy who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge and received a suspended sentence.

I wonder why school officials got involved in the first place. And who is better off for them having stepped in? Both students were hurt. The girl because she was a cheerleader and now she isn't. The boy because few people outside Silsbee, Texas knew anything of an incident that I assume the boy regrets and is embarrassed about. Now it's a topic of national conversation.

Wasn't there a less confrontational, more equitable, way for the school system to handle this? Must have been.

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