Check out this story (JUST A DISCLAIMER ALL CHEERLEADERS ARE NOT THIS WAY AND NOR DO I WANT YOU TO THINK I’M SPEAKING BAD OF CHEERLEADERS IN ANY WAY. I GIVE THEM MY FULL SUPPORT – BUT THIS IS A VERY INTERESTING STORY)
McKinney, Texas—At affluent McKinney North High School, five cheerleaders caused a scandal with their outrageous, defiant actions. The girls, dubbed the “Fab Five,” allegedly got away with their misbehavior partly because the ringleader’s mom was the school principal.
The cheerleaders terrorized teachers and coaches by talking back and refusing to obey orders.They also posted compromising pictures of themselves online, including a photo taken at a condom store.
“Gang members were nothing compared to these girls,” said one teacher. “They believe they cannot be touched.”
The cheerleading squad went through five coaches in three years. Michaela Ward, the latest coach driven out by the Fab Five’s misbehavior and pranks, said the girls were beyond discipline. ”They were invincible,” she said. “The rules did not apply to them. There was no accountability.”
Principal Linda Theret resigned last month, after the school district investigated the cheerleaders. Lawyer Harold Jones, who wrote a report about the scandal, took everyone from parents to police to task. “Kids are going to be kids. They’re going to figure out ways to push your limits,” he said. “Sadly, in this saga, I was struck by the reticence of many adults to accept the role of ‘being the grown-up.’”
Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, said, “This is about kids having more power than adults, and them getting away with things no matter how old they are. Some parents today feel that their No. 1 job is to protect their child, and it’s not. Their job is to raise an ethical child, which means holding them accountable for bad behavior.”
All members of the Five Fab have now either quit or been kicked off the cheerleading squad. One girl, who admitted treating her teachers disrespectfully, asked, “Why didn’t they take it up with us as freshmen? Why all of a sudden we’re seniors and we’re these horrible girls?”
I think of a few things when I read it. Who are the parents and are they truly being parents? I’m learning more and more that parenthood is hard and not fun at times.
Nor is being a leader, but sometimes it is more important to be a leader than a friend. In the same sometimes it is more important to be a parent than a friend.
This is really an interesting article. I believe we can all learn something from it, no matter if you are a teenager, parent or school administrator.
Note: I recieved this article from www.ministryandmedia.com