STAC Cheerleading Decision

What’s the problem that needs to be fixed?

By Jared Kraham | The Warrior Report

THE WARRIOR REPORT HQ 11/22/06 – In a decision made by U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, all Cheerleaders at Southern Tier Athletic Conference (STAC) schools will be required to attend an equal number of girls’ and boys’ basketball games this season. The reason for the new rule is due to an investigation by the Office of Civil Rights at STAC Schools, following a complaint by an unnamed parent from Johnson City. Her issue was that school cheerleaders only attend boys’ games, and the investigation determined that the STAC schools violated Title IX guidelines. This decision means that the various cheerleading squads have to split time among boys’ and girls’ basketball games this season, and because of this, most will not have time to attend away matches. This has made for most athletes, coaches, and students to scratch their heads at the issue. A large percentage of girl basketball players do not agree with the decision and find that girls cheering on other girls can be awkward. “I guess it can do something for school spirit,” says Laura Brown, a Chenango Valley sophomore, and prospective girls basketball athlete. “I just think that girls cheering on others girls can be annoying.” Much of the same opinion is coming from cheerleading squads. Kristy Topa, a senior at CV, thinks that the decision is pointless. “If the basketball players don’t want us there, and we don’t want to be there, what’s the problem?” Many fans believe that the decision could be reversed and things would get back to normal.


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