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DPS fires coach seen in controversial East High cheerleader split video

DPS fires coach seen in controversial East High cheerleader split video


>>>WE ARE FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS ON DENVER7 AT 6:00, JUST WITHIN THE LAST DENVER POLICE SAYS DENVER PLIC SCHOOLS WILL UPDATE US ABOUT THIS VIDEO WHICH SHOWS AN EAST HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADING COACH FORCING HER TO DO THE SPLITS, SHE AN THIS IS AT 15th AND GRANT IN DOWNTOWN DENVEE. WE ARE WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO WALK UP TO THE PODIUM, PRESUMABLY, L PEOPLE GATHERED IN THE ROOM FOR THAT NEWS CONFERENCE. WE ARE WAITING FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT TO COME UP TO THE PODIUM AND TELL US SOMETHING THAT
WILLIIMS, AND THE PRINCIPAL AND THREE OTHERS. SO, WE DON’T KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO COME OUT OF THIS PRESS CONFERENCE. WE HAVE LEARNED SINCE THE VIDEO FOR A VERY SIMILAR COMPLAINT. THE VIDEO YOU ARE LOOKING AT ON THE LEFT WAS FROM BACK IN JUNE. EAST HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADING, AT CAMP. COMFORTABLE WITH. SHE IS BEGGING HITO STOP.>>WE KNOW THE CONFERENCE WAS SUPPOSED TO START AT 6:00 ON THE NOSE. WE THE SUPERINTENDENT TO COME TO THE PODIUM AND DISCUSSED THE SITUATION AT EAST HIGH SCHOOL. WE SAW THE VIDEO OVER AND OVER AGAIN ON OUR SOCIAL FEES. T ROOM RIGHT NOW. AND, THE FOLKS FROM DPS ARE THERE RIGHT NOW. WE ARE WAITING, JUST AS YOU E, TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS.>>A NATIONAL CHEERLEADING GROUP SAW THAT VIDEO AND RELEASED A STATEMENT CALLING THOSE METHODWILLIAMS, IS STILL USING THEM TODAY. HE HAS KEPT A A LOT FROM HIM. SINCE THE VIDEO HAS COME OUT WE HAVE SEEN SEVERAL OTHER CLIPS SIMILAR TO THAT, OF GIRLS SO IN PAIN. IN FACT, SOME A LITTLE MORE SEVERE THAN THAT. YOU CAN SEE WHAT THEY WERE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH AT EYGOING TO KEEP WATCH ON THIS. BUT WE HAVE OTHER NEWS TO GET TO THIS EVENING. WE WILL WATCH THAT PICTURE, IF AND WHEN TOM BOASBERG COMES UP TO THE PODIUM, WE WILL BRING THAT NEWS CONFERENCE TO IC BACK TO THAT IN JUST A MOMENT.>>>MORE TROUBLE FOR DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AT LEAST ONE STUDENT WAS ATTACKED ON AN RTD BUS BECAUSE RUABOUT THIS.>>DENVER7’S JENNIFER GILLESPIE — JENNIFER KOVALESKI IS LIVE.>>Reporter: DENVER POLICE HAVE NOT YE HEARD WITNESSES. SUPERINTENDENT TOM BOASBERG IS ACTUALLY TALKING RIGHT NOW ABOUT THE INCIDENT AT EAST HIGH SCHOOL. LET’S LISTEN IN. AT EAST HIGH SCHOOL, FOR THE WAY THE COMMUNITY HAS COME TOGETHER OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS TO FACE A CHALLENGING SITUATION.Y WITH THEM. TO HELP THEM HEAL, TO HELP THEM COME TOGETHER AS A TEAM, AND TO ADDRESS ANY CONCERNS OR FEARS OR QUESTIONS OR ISSUES THAT THEY HAD.ST EAST COMMUNITY FOR PUTTING THE NEEDS OF OUR KIDS FRONT AND CENTER. I ALSO WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE TIMELINE OF EVENTS THAT OCCUR LEAD I TALKED TO YOU WITH THE UNDERSNDING AND REALITY THAT THE COURSE OF AN INVESTIGATION, WE WILL LEAR AT A CHEER CAMP AT EAST HIGH SCHOOL IN THE SECOND WEEK OF JUNE, AT LEAST SOME MEMBERS OF THE CHEER TEAM MORE SUBJECTED TO A TECHNIQU UNACCEPTABLE. WE DO NOT PERMIT FORCED SPLITS OR ANY PRACTICE, OR ANY TECHNIQUE THAT PUTS THE PHYSICAL SAFETY, OR EMOTIONAL WELL-BEI THE MOTHER OF ONE OF THE YOUNG WOMEN ON THE CHEER TEAM SENT A LETTER TO THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT EAST THAT RAISED HER DEEP IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS THE NEXT MORNING, THE EAST PRINCIPLE, ATTIC DIRECTOR, AND RATHAT THEY HAD ADDRESSED AND RESOLVED THE PARENTS AND STUDENTS CONCERNS. IT NOW CLEAR THEY HAD NOT.TE WHAT IS SHOWN IN THE VIDEOS IS EXTRAORDINARILY DISTRESSING. AT THAT TIME, THE DECISION SHOULD HAV
TUESDAY AFTERNOON, WE RECEIVED A REQUESFROM THE MMDIA THAT REQUESTED INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHEER COACH, INCLUDI ANY LETTERS FROM THE CHEER PARENTS AND ANY VIDEOS. UP UNTI — VIDEOS OR THE PRACTICE OF FORCED SPLITS. WE RECEIVED THE LI THAT THEY WERE INITIATING AN INVESTIGATION, BASED ON A COMPLAINT MADE TO DENVER HUMAN SERVICES E WE COLLABORATE RY CLOSELY WITH THEM, AND ALLOW THEM TO TAKE THE LEAD, BECAUSE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. OUR COLLABORATIVE ION, WE DO NOT RELEASE INFORMATION ORERFORM OUR OWN INTERVIEWS. WHEN WE BEGAN WORKING WITH THE DENVCT THE WELL-BEING OF STUDENTS ON THE CHEER TEAM AND TO CONDUCT A FAIR AND THOROUGH INVESTIGATTON OF WHAT HAYS AND LOOKING CLOSELY AT THE EVIDENCE THAT HAS BEEN GATHERED, WE HAVE MADE THE DECISION TODAY TO TERMINATE THE EMPLOYMENT OF THE COACH OF THE CHEER SQUAD, MR. OZELL WE HAVE ALSO MADE THE DECISION TO EMPLOY AN OUTSIDE LLW FIRM TO DEPLOY AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION OF EXACTLY WHO KNEW WHAT AND WHEN.
THE SAFETY OF THE STUDENTS, AND CONCERNS OF THE PARENTS. WE W EMPLOYEES ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS AND WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEM. ON A PERSONAL NOTE, AS HARD AS IT WAS, I HAVE WATCHED ALL OF THE VIDEOS. WHAT HAPPENED WAS WRONG. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD A YOUNG PERSON B UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD A YOUNG PERSON BE FORCED TO CONTINUE ANY ACTIVITY BEYOND THE POINT WHERE THEY HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR DESIRE TO STOP. I APPRECIATE THAT OUR AT BUT, THAT IS NOT WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. THIS WAS WAY BEYOND THAT LINE. I WA AND WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO ASSURE THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF EVERYONE OF OUR STUDENTS. AND AGAIN, STRESSED TO PLEASE RESPECT THE PRIVACY OF THE MINORS CAPTURED IN THE VIDEOS WHO WERE NOT GIVEN THEIR CONSENT TO HAVE THEIR FACES ORUNCING THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE SCHOOL. THE VIDEO. I THINK THAT THE ENTIRE NATION IS OUTRAGED, NOT JUST THE METRO AR SUPERINTENDENT BUT AS A FATHER, AND DISCUSSING HOW DANGEROUS AND THE DISTRICT SHOULDAVE TAKEN ACTION IN JUNE.

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