DENVER – Editor’s observe: the video included on this story is troublesome to observe and is probably not appropriate for all viewers.
Denver Police at the moment are investigating incidents involving a number of cheerleaders and the cheer coach at East Excessive Faculty, 9Wants to Know has discovered. The cheer coach, assistant cheer coach, highschool principal, assistant principal and Denver Public Faculties deputy basic counsel have all been positioned on depart.
In the course of the first week of cheer camp for East Excessive Faculty in June, Ally Wakefield, an incoming freshman was surrounded by new teammates, and compelled, by the lately employed cheer coach, into an prolonged cut up place.
In movies obtained by 9Wants to Know, eight cheerleaders are proven repeatedly being pushed down into the pressured splits, whereas their arms are held up by fellow teammates, making every cheerleader unable to maneuver herself out of the place.
All cry out in ache. Ally Wakefield requested her coach, 9 occasions in lower than 24 seconds to “please, cease.”
All of the whereas, coach Ozell Williams is proven holding down every woman’s shoulders, and pushing them down additional.
This video is troublesome to observe and is probably not appropriate for all viewers.
Editor’s word: 9Wants to Know shouldn’t be publishing all the movies as a consequence of privateness considerations.
9NEWS is figuring out these minors who agreed to on-the-report interviews whereas accompanied by their mother and father.
You might acknowledge that coach within the video. He has grow to be a recognized determine for his backflips down the sector throughout Broncos and CU soccer video games.
This yr would have been his first yr teaching for the East Excessive Faculty cheer workforce, however he was positioned on depart in the course of the first week of faculty.
The movies, shot on a cellphone by two of the cheer group members, have been despatched anonymously to 9Wants to Know in August.
Nevertheless, faculty directors have had entry to at the least one video since June.
“I’ve hooked up a video of the pressured splits she and her different group members have been pressured to do at cheerleading camp and practices; until that they had a physician’s observe. That is how Ally injured her leg,” Wakefield stated within the June 15 e mail addressed to East Excessive Faculty Athletic Director, Lisa Porter.
“My husband and I want to know what the administration goes to do about my daughter’s damage and the way it occurred,” the e-mail continued, partially.
That’s a query Kirsten Wakefield and different mother and father are nonetheless asking.
“I don’t perceive why…