Although one Colorado teen used to love being a cheerleader, that all came to a screeching halt for her. As it turns out, police are now looking into an incident that took place after what a coach forced the teen girl to do while spreading her legs – and now, we’re learning that she wasn’t the only one.
The incident took place during the first week of cheer camp at East High School in Denver, Colorado, where Ally Wakefield was more than excited to attend. Unfortunately, her attitude would soon change after an incident involving a few of the coaches there left her screaming in pain while they all laughed.
Shockingly, the horrifying ordeal was caught on video and has since resulted in 4 coaches being suspended, but parents are saying it’s not enough. In fact, they’ve since released the shocking footage, and it immediately started to spread across social media on account of its disturbing nature.
As seen in the clip shared by 9 News NBC, a few coaches and teammates all joined together to force the girl into a split. Although she was already having trouble sitting into a full split, the coach decided to take things a step further and push her down into an extended split.
Normally, a split consists of a person spreading their legs on the floor in a full 180-degree position while their groin rests on the floor. It’s a skill that takes patience and dedication to achieve. Of course, if your body isn’t ready for something like that, it’s not something you want to force – but that’s exactly what happened. Clearly seen in the disheartening footage, Ally cried out 9 times in less than 24 seconds for the coach to “please, stop” as she screams in pain.
Despite the pain, coach Ozell Williams only pushed the girl down harder as everyone around Ally simply laughed. Even worse yet, it has since come to light that Ally wasn’t the only one – not by a long shot. In all, 8 cheerleaders got the same painful treatment even though they all said they didn’t want to take part.
As a result, Ally’s leg was injured as tendons, muscles, and ligaments were all torn during the shocking ordeal. Although the school was sent videos of the incident back in June, they’re acting as though they were just made aware since the local news picked up the story.
In all, East Principal Andy Mendelsberg, East Assistant Principal Lisa Porter, East Cheer Coach Ozell Williams, East Assistant Cheer Coach Mariah Cladis, and DPS Deputy General Counsel Michael Hickman have been suspended. Even Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg issued a statement, reading in part:
“With regards to certain videos, I cannot state strongly enough – as the superintendent of the school district and as the father of two high school-aged daughters — that the images and actions depicted are extremely distressing and absolutely contrary to our core values as a public school community.” [Source: 9 News NBC]
KFOR further reports that the school is now taking steps to accommodate Denver Police during their investigation into the matter. For now, it looks like the case is still underway, but with this many videos of the incident, it will be hard for Coach Williams to refute the claims against him.
Currently, he is just suspended, but I have a feeling that this is only the beginning of the trouble he’s in. Hopefully, this punk won’t be able to get another job where he’s able to injure children, and maybe Ally can even get the justice she deserves for the violent acts involuntarily subjected upon her.