Rogue cheerleaders court the wrong kind of attention
Rogue cheerleaders court the wrong kind of attention

Rogue cheerleaders go wild, get banned

THESE misbehaving cheerleaders are headed to the bench - for the rest of the next year.

A high school in Atlanta, America, has suspended its varsity cheerleading squad for the remainder of its basketball season after the young girls were caught cursing, taunting other teams, leaving the stands to socialise and displaying "gestures and movements" that led to unwanted attention during games, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"Over the basketball season, I have witnessed (and also had to intervene in) serious situations of behaviour and actions on the part of our cheer team that reflect poorly on Grady," principal Betsy Bockman wrote in a message to parents of Grady High School students in January.

The most "serious and distressing" incident, according to Bockman's letter, took place one day before her letter during a girls basketball game at Maynard Jackson High School, where members of Grady's cheerleading team were spotted making "offensive remarks" and other inappropriate behaviour.

"When the team went to the bus, members of the team recorded themselves using very profane language directed toward adults including Jackson administrators, school resource officers, and Jackson parents as well as Jackson students," Bockman's letter continued.

"This recording was then posted on social media where it was shared multiple times."

The cheerleaders at Grady also were seen leaving the stands during games to socialise and taunted other teams and their cheerleaders, Bockman said.

"The players being cheered should be the focus of the games - not the cheer team," the letter continued. "The behaviours and atmosphere created by the cheerleaders are too informal and unprofessional and reflect negatively on the cheer athletes, basketball teams and Grady."

Bockman said the school is working to "restore its reputation" following the string of incidents. The cheerleading team will be reinstated for the start of the following school year, according to Atlanta Public Schools officials.

Seniors on the team, however, will still be introduced as part of the high school's upcoming senior night event, WGCL reports.

This article first appeared on the New York Post and was republished with permission