DENVER – Editor’s observe: the movies included on this story are troublesome to observe and is probably not appropriate for all viewers.
The East Excessive Faculty cheerleading coach underneath hearth for bodily forcing women to do the splits was dismissed from an analogous place at Boulder Excessive in 2016 for doing the identical factor, 9Wants to Know has discovered.
Ozell Williams, who’s on depart from East within the wake of questions raised by 9NEWS, was terminated as a cheerleading marketing consultant at Boulder Excessive in 2016 following a mum or dad’s grievance about “breaking” and an incident by which a coach noticed him drive a woman to do the splits.
Forcing somebody to do the splits is usually known as “breaking.”
Williams is on the middle for a firestorm that erupted Wednesday after 9NEWS reported on his practices and aired considered one of eight movies obtained by 9Wants to Know that present women in agony as he shoved them to the bottom.
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Two extra movies aired by 9NEWS Thursday present the identical factor — teenage women crying and screaming in agony and begging Williams to cease.
The story led Denver Public Faculties Superintendent Tom Boasberg to put Williams, East Excessive Principal Andy Mendelsberg, Athletic Director Lisa Porter, assistant Cheer Coach Mariah Cladis and the district’s Deputy Common Counsel Michael Hickman on depart.
Thursday afternoon, Boulder Excessive Principal James A. Hill despatched a observe residence to oldsters, saying he was “horrified” by what he noticed within the 9NEWS studies and acknowledging that Williams “sadly, had connections to our cheerleading squad.”
Williams was a paid advisor for Boulder’s cheerleading staff in 2015 and 2016.
However after a mum or dad raised considerations, the staff’s coach let Williams go.
9Wants to Know additionally discovered that the proprietor of a health club in Brighton thought-about teaming up with Williams, however modified her thoughts after every week of watching him work with youngsters in her program.
“They might go to do issues and if they might cease, like they might go right into a tumbling cross and they might cease, and he can be like, ‘I’ll punch you within the face in the event you do not do it subsequent time,’” Julie Ledbetter stated. “… You do not inform youngsters you are going to punch them within the face if they can not pull the talent.”
Ledbetter stated that she by no means noticed any women pressured to do the splits however she additionally stated she by no means left her athletes alone with Williams.
The eight movies obtained by 9NEWS have been captured earlier this summer time and present totally different East Excessive Faculty cheerleaders pushed into the splits,…