Cheerleaders quit team after controversial coach is retained

A cheerleading coach who was accused of being verbally abusive tried to resign in December, but the principal wouldn't let her because looking for a new coach would be a lot of unwanted work. It sounds more like a Sue Sylvester plot twist in Glee than an actual story, but that's allegedly what went down at Aztec High School in New Mexico.

Nine members of the cheerleading squad left the team Monday after a contentious meeting with coach Jodie Hooser, the Aztec athletic director and parents. Some of the members who left the team contend that Hooser and her assistant were verbally abusive and threw tantrums.

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Parent Melinda Lough told the Farmington Daily Times that she was also disappointed the cheerleading squad was unable to attend the football team's playoff game. While Hooser claimed a lack of funding, Lough said each cheerleader pays over $2,000 per year to be on the team. 

Principal Warman Hall, who reportedly denied Hooser's resignation in December, declined to comment on the matter.

Cheerleaders quit team after controversial coach is retained
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