A group of cheerleaders from Jacksonville’s Lee High School (Fla.) finds itself embroiled in a scandal after they allegedly used a derogatory word during a chant battle against cheerleaders from crosstown rival Ribault High.
As reported by Jacksonville network WJXT, the Lee and Ribault cheerleading squads were involved in a typical chant battle when Lee’s cheerleaders used a derogatory term to describe their Ribault counterparts.
“I said, ‘Do you think that was appropriate?” And she said, ‘They didn’t use the H-* word, they just use the ‘Oh,'” Ribault parent Samantha Dixon told WJXT. “I said, ‘Clearly, it was the H-* word because I was standing right here.”
Distraught Ribault parents approached Lee principal Scott Schneider about the incident and were met with sympathy, according to WJXT, which also received an email from Schneider noting that the cheerleaders had been punished for their actions.
“If I were a parent of a Lee cheerleader, I would have a conversation with the coach.That’s unacceptable. I wouldn’t want my child degrading another child,” Dixon told WJXT. “We have enough to deal with. Youth have enough to deal with than to have to be rivalry-out. I can see the hurt in some of the cheerleaders’ faces when it was said.”