[Guest post by DRJ]
Texas seems to have a monopoly on cheerleader stories that result in criminal charges:
“Six former cheerleaders and the former mascot from Katy’s Morton Ranch High School made their first court appearances today on hazing charges based on allegations that they pushed junior varsity cheerleaders, bound and blindfolded, into a swimming pool.”
Earlier reports indicate the charges were filed after a complaint by the parent(s) of one of the JV cheerleaders. Two defense counsel apparently concede the incident occurred but argue it happened because of poor judgment by good, sweet kids:
“None of the girls or their parents commented afterward, but attorneys for two of the girls said their clients are caught in a tough situation and have the full support of their families.
“Do teens sometimes use bad judgment?” asked defense attorney Robert Fickman, who represents Garner, the varsity squad’s former mascot. “Sure they do. We all did. But sometimes bad judgment does not equate to a crime.
“This is probably a case where teenagers used poor judgment. There’s no evidence anyone was harmed or endangered,” Fickman said outside the courtroom.
Attorney Jed Silverman, who represents Hayley Davis, said his client just wants to get on with her education and her life.
“It’s just very unfortunate for anyone to have to go through this during the holidays,” Silverman said outside the courtroom. “She has a good family behind her 100 percent.”
The school district suspended the high school’s varsity cheerleading activities for the remainder of the school year.