Mom Complains About Cheer, Her 6-Year-Old Booted From Squad

September 17th, 2010 by Staff

Source: ABC News — After Jennifer Tesche of Madison Heights, Mich., questioned the appropriateness of a cheer her 6-year-old daughter was kicked off the cheerleading squad.

Daughter booted from the squad after mom voices concerns about the chants.
“All I had wanted was a voice and to have an objective discussion about it. They didn’t hear me out,” Tesche said on “Good Morning America” Friday.

The line of the cheer Tesche took issue with: “Our backs ache, our skirts are too tight, we shake our booties from left to right.”

“I think it’s inappropriate. It’s suggestive and outdated,” Tesche, herself a former cheerleader and cheer coach, said. “I think it brings down the morale of the spirit of cheerleading.”

Tesche took her concerns to the local media — a move which enraged many in the cheer community. Members of the Wolverine flag football cheerleading league voted unanimously Tuesday to keep the questionable cheer, but remove Tesche’s daughter, Kennedy, from the squad.

“It took every ounce not to cry with her,” Tesche said, “But I knew I had to stay strong.”

Tesche said it was unfair to punish Kennedy. “Don’t punish the 6-year-old. Why punish her? It’s her that’s hurting. It’s her that can’t cheer with the organization anymore.”

The league members said that Tesche should have handled the issue internally and by bringing it to the attention of the media, she cast a bad light on the squad.

“This is like a family and to me if you attack your family what are you going to do? You know people are going to be upset,” said league member Susan Murdock.

Kennedy’s cheerleading coach even weighed in, sparing words with Tesche on a local radio show.

“I am directly quoting this lunatic,” said coach Lisa Ernest. “She [Tesche] said, ‘I don’t mind the booty shaking so much, but it’s the back aching and the skirt being too tight I don’t understand.’ And I said to her one time their back aches and their skirts are too tight because they’re standing on this black top for two hours cheering for these boys.”

Tesche said before she took her concerns public, she raised the issue with the director the association and discussed it with other parents, who also said they were also not in favor of the cheer

2 Responses

  1. Bear

    Hay, that’s what you get when you have people in place that there’s no vote on who handles those responsibilities. Those people have no self-respect to teach young girls to cheer with spirit without degrading themselves. I’m a father and my kids were involved with cheerleading and my wife and I were right there at every practice and game. The coach never once had anything like this. She would never let it fly and if a parent had an issue with something, everyone was made aware of it and we worked to make things better. We never turned away someone or kick them from the team.

    Good job on mom for sticking to her guns.

  2. JBrandt

    I wholly support the Tesches’ decision to remove their 6 year old and protest the cheering chant. The words are inappropriate for young girls. I salute their strength to stand by what they believe. As for going to the press, given the reactions of the league member “family” and coach, my guess is she would not have been heard and her daughter would have been kicked from the squad anyway.

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