Students and parents are fervently jeering at a New Jersey high school’s new policy that states either “everyone makes the cheerleading squad or no one does.”
The Hanover Park High School in East Hanover decided to make the cheerleading squad more inclusive after an unnamed parent complained that his or her child didn’t make the team after try-outs last month.
Even those already in the squad are not happy with the school’s new goal of being “inclusive.” Student Stephanie Krueger recently shared her thoughts with the board of education members and said that all her hard work for the squad “has been thrown out the window.”
Some parents also share that when they complained to the school about the new inclusive “cheerleading for all or none at all” policy, the principal threatened to disband the current 10-member squad.
The board is still reviewing the policy. It remains unclear when a final decision will be made, and if parents and students will be involved in the deliberation process.
Cheerleading for sure is not for everyone adhering to certain standards and demands as in any field be it in sports, music or arts, and not everyone is interested in it. It is still unclear also how one complaint from a parent managed to influence such a drastic school policy change.
It is almost comical to wonder if the principal and other officials who decided on the matter could be Democrats with the propensity for supposed political correctness and in embracing such concepts as “inclusiveness” even when it is not logical, fair or practical.