I admit there may be times when squads or teams cross the line and need reining in, but should it be our lawmakers deciding or should the teachers, coaches, and parents decide. Here are my thoughts on the subject:
- Schools are for teaching, so why isn't the squad taught what's appropriate and what's not. If coaches would talk to the team members and explain the reasons why they shouldn't do something, wouldn't that be a better way to handle it?
- Cheerleading performances are attended by families and the audience is there for clean fun and entertainment, the squad should realize this and set an good example for anyone in the stands. They should think about the little girls out there that are looking up to them and wanting to be just like them.
- If I saw something at an event I thought was inappropriate or offensive, I'd report it to the athletic director, principal or coach, wouldn't you? I wouldn't expect my state representative to have to write a law to stop it.
- As a parent, if my child was asked to perform in a sexually suggestive manner I thought was lewd or risque, I'd refuse to allow it and talk to the coach about it, wouldn't you?