We hear about students being bullied by students; what happens when it's an advisor doing it to a cheerleader? The answer is: The cheerleader ends up getting kicked off the team; the principal sides with the teacher.
My daughter was bullied by the Layton High cheer advisor since summer. It started with a few absences/tardies, some legitimate; the rest were and should have been excused. She was forced to sign a paper and was put on probation without parental knowledge; the next day she was removed from the squad. After a parent meeting with administration, she was put on probation. It was bullying from the start:
1) She spoke wrongly to me. 2) Don't give corrections to cheerleaders (even though I asked you) 3) You can't be one second late (even if you are doing something for school). 4) Don't speak to anyone at the games, just sit by me.
A cheerleader asked her to run to the car, not wanting to go alone at a rivalry school. They took three minutes longer than deemed necessary so she was removed. The advisor told the principal she wore earrings, a total fabrication. She had taken them out before warm ups.
The principal put her back on probation. The advisor told her last Tuesday if she had to miss any JV games, etc. to tell the cheer captain. She had to miss Thursday and told the captain. I received a call dismissing her from the team for not letting the advisor know.
Teachers should build kids up, not find ways to make them fail. There is discipline; there is bullying. Documentation can be manipulated to fit whatever category the advisor sees fit. The administration only looks at that.
Shame on the principal for only listening to the advisor, shame on the advisor for being a bully! The principal is not doing his job by allowing the advisor to bully. Kicking a cheerleader off the squad for the above is excessive. New district policy for drugs is a missed game or two. I hope someone at the district will not allow this bullying.