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Lodi High Cheerleaders Sidelined Over Debt Concerns

Lodi High Cheerleaders Sidelined Over Debt Concerns


HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES IN LODI IN FOR A BIG CHANGE. THE CHEERLEADERS ON THE SIDELINES HAVE BEEN BENCHED. SCHOOL OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK SIDELINE CHEERLEADING PROGRAMS WILL END THIS YEAR. TONIGHT, PARENTS MET WITH THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL DEMANDING TO KNOW WHY AND WHAT HAPPENS NOW. MACY JENKINS WAS THERE AND JOINS US LIVE WITH MORE ON THIS. Reporter: FOR FAMILIES HERE IN LODI, CHEERLEADING IS A WAY OF LIFE. CHEERLEADING DEPARTMENT TALKED TO THE SCHOOL TONIGHT, THE PRINCIPAL SAYS THEY WANT TO REPLACE IT WITH A SMALLER COMPETITION TEAM THAT DOES NOT COMPETE AT THE GAMES OR CHEER AT THE GAMES. THE PARENTS SAY IT SAY CHANGE THEY ARE NOT WILLING TO ACCEPT. FOR THIS TO BE RIPPED AWAY FROM US, THAT IS — FOR SOMETHING THAT IS NOT IN OUR CONTROL IT IS OUTRAGEOUS. I AM SHAKING BECAUSE I AM SO MAD RIGHT NOW. Reporter: DEVASTATION RUNNING DEEP. WHY DO IT? WHY DO IT? NO REASON. Reporter: THE CHEERLEADERS AT LODI HIGH SCHOOL FACING A FUTURE WITH NO TEAM. YOU ARE JUST GOING TO TAKE IT AWAY? THEY ARE OUTRAGED. A STARK CONTRAST TO THE SMILING FACES WE MET A FEW HOURS EARLIER. Reporter: GAME AFTER GAME THIS IS THE LIFE THESE 42 GIRLS KNOW AND LOVE. I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO CHEER LIKE MY ENTIRE LIFE. EVER SINCE I WAS LIKE 3. Reporter: THEIR COACH, HEATHER ROBERTSON, AN ALUM MYSELF. IT IS SAD BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT GET THAT OPPORTUNITY NOW. Reporter: FIVE DAYS AFTER GETTING THE NEWS THE GIRLS FIND OUT WHY. LAST YEAR CHEER FAILED TO FULLY PAY OFF ITS DEBT. Reporter: THE PRINCIPAL SAYS THE PROGRAM COSTS ARE TOO HIGH. RIGHT NOW SIDELINE CHEER IS KIND OF IT ITS OWN WORST ENEMY. NOT ONE THING IT IS ANOTHER. Reporter: IT IS IGNITING A FIRE WITH THESE FLAMES. CAN I INTERRUPT? NO. PARENTS NOT BACKING DOWN. WE WANT TO KNOW … JUST A MINUTE. THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE PUT IN YOU SHOULD BE THANKING US. AND YOU TAKEAWAY THIS YOU ARE GOING TO BE LOSING MONEY. Reporter: AND AFTER A DEBATE, THEY MADE A CONCESSION. THERE IS AN OPTION HERE. Reporter: A PROBATION PERIOD WHERE THE TEAM STAYS BUT CREATE A FUND-RAISING PLAN AND RESTRUCTURE THE PROGRAM. THEY DO THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE. Reporter: A SOLUTION FOR SOME PARENTS. BUT A WIN FOR OTHERS. FOR NOW AT LEAST WE HAVE A PATH FORWARD TO AT LEAST SECURE THE PROGRAM FOR ANOTHER YEAR. Reporter: THE PRINCIPAL WOULD NOT SAY HOW MUCH MONEY THE TEAM OWES BUT GAVE THE PARENTS AND THE TEAM 30-DAYS TO COME UP WITH A PLAN AND PRESENT IT TO HIM. AFTER THIS MEETING THE PARENTS WENT TO THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TO VOICE THEIR CONCERNS. THE SCHOOL BOARD SAID THEY WILL

2 thoughts on “Lodi High Cheerleaders Sidelined Over Debt Concerns”

  1. So Lodi has to give up cheerleading program but that Orange Goon in Washington DC wants to give teachers guns?
    …What the fuck is wrong with our country?! This is not right!

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