Cheerleading Flap

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Parents of some cheerleaders selected for a high school squad in Southlake want other cheerleaders cut from the team.

The Carroll Independent School District board was scheduled to meet Monday night with parents of 12 cheerleaders who want more than half of the squad's 32 members to be cut.

Only 14 students earned scores high enough to make the cheerleading team back in December. That prompted some parents to complain about what they saw as a flawed scoring system. The district responded by opening the team to anyone who tried out.

That's when parents filed a grievance seeking to shrink the squad. They argue that opening the team to everyone is unfair for students who worked hard preparing for the tryouts.

Superintendent David Faltys says the cheerleading flap has taken up a lot of time for the district, which is located about 15 miles northeast of Fort Worth. In his words, the district is "trying to make the best decision for all the kids."

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