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Cheerleaders Forced Into Painful Splits: Police Are Becoming Involved | TODAY

Cheerleaders Forced Into Painful Splits: Police Are Becoming Involved | TODAY


>>Reporter: WE’RE OUTSIDE OF THE HEADQUARTERS WHERE COACHES WERE INFLICTING PAIN. NOW, THEY’RE IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT.>>THIS MORNING, THERE IS GROWING OUTRAGE, AS NEW CELL PHONE VIDEO SHOT BY ONE OF THE CHEERLEADERS AND SHARED WITH KUSA, SHOWING GIRLS PUSHED TO THEIR LIMITS AND BEYOND. COACH OZELL WILLIAMS IS SEEN HERE FORCING ANOTHER CHEERLEADER INTO A PAINFUL SPLIT. SHAYLA IS NOT IN THE VIDEO BUT SAYS SHE ATTENDED CHEER CAMP WITH HIM.>>THIS WILL HELP YOU GET A BETTER SPLIT.>>Reporter: SHE WAS PUT THROUGH THE SAME EXCRUCIATING PAIN THAT MADE ALLY WAKEFIELD BEG FOR MERCY.>>I FELT LIKE MY HIP WAS GOING TO POP OUT OF PLACE, IT HURT SO BAD. I WAS CRYING HYSTERICALLYHYSTER.>>Reporter: THE EXERCISE HAPPENED IN A SINGLE PRACTICE. THE GIRLS, FORCED TO LINE UP. THEN THIS. THE DENVER POLICE DEPARTMENT LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION WEDNESDAY WHEN THEY WERE MADE AWARE OF WHAT HAPPENED.>>WE’VE BEEN TRYING SINCE THE BEGINNING OF JUNE TO GET SOMEBODY TO HEAR US.>>Reporter: ALLY WAKEFIELD AND HER PARENTS WERE INTERVIEWED ON TUESDAY. SCHOOL OFFICIALS HAD NO COMMENT ABOUT CLAIMS THE VIDEO WAS SENT TO THEM IN JUNE. BUT THE DPS SUPERINTENDENT SAID HE LEARNED ABOUT IT ON WEDNESDAY.>>THE ADMINISTRATION WERE ALL ON VACATION FOR THE SUMMER. AND THEY KEPT SAYING, WE’RE ON VACATION. WE’RE GOING TO GIVE HIM OVERSIGHT.>>Reporter: THAT OVERSIGHT NEVER CAME ACCORDING TO THE WAKEFIELD FAMILY. AND THE COACH, KNOWN FOR HIS BACK FLIPS, WERE ALLOWED TO KEEP TUMBLING WITH THE TEAMS THROUGH JULY. THE DENVER SUPERINTENDENT SAID THEY DO NOT ALLOW THE USE OF FORCE SPLITS OR ANY OTHER ACTIVITY THAT PUTS A STUDENT’S PHYSICAL OR MENTAL HEALTH AT RISK.>>YOU CAN’T CHANGE THE PAST. I’M HOPING SOME KIND OF ENTREPRENEUR WILL BE PUT IN PLACE, THAT THEY DANGEROUS OR UNSAFE SITUATIONS MAY OCCUR IN THE FUTURE, MAY BE HANDLED BETTER THAN IT WAS.>>Reporter: GUYS, WE DID REACH COACH WILLIAMS. HE REFERRED US TO HIS LAWYER WHO DID NOT RESPOND FOR COMMENT. AND WE’RE ASKING ABOUT THE GIRLS THAT WERE FILMED

90 thoughts on “Cheerleaders Forced Into Painful Splits: Police Are Becoming Involved | TODAY”

  1. I am so ashamed of you, who want to sue the school and people who help her. America always Sue, Sue, money, and money……Police should not Involved in this case. This is just a stupid girl with a big dream to be a famous. The girl mother is so happy cause she will go to sue the school and someone get fire.

  2. that's bull he is straining kids health!!!.what's wrog with him?.I cheerlead in fifth grade& I never was forced to do horrible splits.

  3. He seem like a well meaning coach who is trying to get people to realize they could do more. He just went a little extreme.

  4. Their young THEY SHOULD NOT BE DOING THIS SO EARLY their idiots
    At least I'm younger than them and I'm braver by getting balls 🏀 and soccer balls getting hit on my head and
    Someone pushing me down on the stone sidewalk with stone bumps or spikes with blood all over my knee
    And dealed with it the whole day

  5. O.,K, everybody chill and let's put this in perspective, you know the way police departments do when an unarmed Black man is shot. 1st of all we didn't see what happened before the split or after the split. To me it looks like that poor White girl was trying to do a split and got stuck then those nice Black folks were simply trying to help her up. Case closed. That coach should get a medal for his rescue efforts.

  6. man this will sound cold maybe even cruel but a little pain never hurt anyone I mean really without these girls pushing their limits and stretching their ligaments they will never advance yes it is painful but if these girls can endure the pain and gain the flexibility they need to compete on a college level then they can get scholarships to go to college and better their lives

  7. u really think this coach is the only coach that does this or that this is the first time this guy did this no this is normal for this level of practice and competition
    ever heard this phrase progress through pain

  8. If that was my child ,there would not be a place on this earth they would be able to hide! I would go to jail for felony assault.

  9. Sick!! I was in dance groups when I was little including ballet and we never stretched that way. We always stretched sitting down like normal dancers

  10. honestly as a person who used to do Allstar cheer, what was being done here isn't wrong. In fact it's being over exaggerated. Theres no reason for her to have people consulting her saying its gonna be okay, thats stopping her from going down all the way. That same thing is done to little girls for them to stretch for 30-45 seconds and get proper form for their splits. It hurts so bad because as you age, your body is starting to grow and develop and you end up not being able to do the same thing as when you were four. That's why coaches tell you you need to stretch daily. And stretching involves pushing yourself to limits, going deeper in the stretch for longer improves flexibility. Usually when people cheer for longer times rather than starting in high school, you don't have to go through that. But when your body is not in the appropriate shape for the sport, you have to push to get there. He's received unjust punishment and this is continuing the notion that cheerleaders aren't athletes if they cant handle that.

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  12. My splits came very slowly until I got it but I only got it after 5 months of nonstop practice I didnt force myself down immediately, I got it very slowly not fast so everyone should only let ONE person push you down SLOWLY and when you tell them to stop the SHOULD STOP or they could really have you tear something important

  13. its pretty obvious at most times hes not pushing them at all but just holding their body’s upright. as a former dancer i remember them forcing me deeper into splits and it being painful but thats just how it works. (for granted i do have no idea the back story of this vid so dont come for me)

  14. It hurts just looking at it but for that girl it must hurt so much. She's such a tough girl but the screams make me so sad and they just break my heart.

  15. …………I feel bad for the girls…Its like me…People say If I have an Idol whos Flexible they tell me to split..They force me….And I try…Sometimes I feel like my Thighs will Rip off my body..Thats why I feel bad for the girls who are forced to split…

  16. If I was in that camp and I saw that I would've ran out of there and slept outside until my mom came nuh uh I ain't goin to be doin that😂

  17. i-
    i'm speechless. honestly, i don't feel bad for her. many, many cheer coaches, gymnastics coaches, dance teachers, basically anyone who teaches anything that requires flexibility will force you into splits. not a big deal. most dance teachers i've had have done this, everyone was fine, even grateful, despite the pain.

  18. I think he went to far and should of did this differently…. maybe he should of told the girls who actually wanted to do it to line up; and allow him to help them. and when they felt great discomfort, there should be a safe word so he can ease up. making them do it after they said stop is crossing the line. I know how this feels because when I was younger maybe 13 I did the slips all the time easily, and now Im trying to do them after Years of not and it is hard not comfortable at all.

  19. These girls saying please dont and crying should be enough for this coach to be arrested. Any man or any woman to do this is a freak

  20. He could have popped something in her legs or split her virgina this makes me not wanna attend cheer camp this summer

  21. Don’t care if they’re black, imagine if it was the other way around, white people would be eradicated for that. Those poor people being forced into splits. Holy crap how cruel can people be?!?!?! It makes me so angry

  22. I know how much it hurts

    Especially since I forced myself to do a split when I haven’t done one in a while and ofc it hurt 😢

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