Dismissed Cheerleader Takes Her Case To The Supreme Court

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The high-school cheerleader who was kicked off the squad after refusing to cheer for her alleged rapist is going to the Supreme Court.

The girl, known as H.S., reported that she was raped in 2008 at a party in Silsbee, Texas by one Rakheem Bolton. Bolton was arrested, but not charged. When in '09 H.S. joined the school's cheerleading squad, she refused to join in cheers for Bolton — "Two, four, six, eight, ten, come on, Rakheem, put it in," according to her lawyer — sitting out on the sidelines instead. She was dismissed from the squad when she wouldn't back down. As she told ABC, "As a team, I cheered for them as a whole. When he stepped up to the free-throw line, it didn't feel right for me to have to cheer for him after what he did to me...After that game I decided I started this, I'm going to get my point across now," she said. "So I didn't cheer for him at the playoff game either."

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In September Bolton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge, and the girl's family sued the school district and officials for inhibiting free speech. The suit was dismissed as frivolous and the family was ordered to reimburse the school's costs. Later, a Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling, stating that a cheerleader serves as a "mouthpiece" for the school and adding that H.S.'s actions "constituted substantial interference with the work of the school."

Now her lawyer, Laurence Watts, has announced that he's appealing to the Supreme Court. The question at issue will be, in essence, whether or not her refusal did indeed constitute "substantial interference" with educational aims. But the case could have larger implications for student speech. And, says H.S.,
"All I wanted was for somebody to come forward and say, 'Yes, it happened.'"

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Cheerleader Taking Free-Speech Suit To High Court [SFGate]

Earlier:
The Dark Politics Of Cheerleading

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drunkexpatwriter
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Given that team sports tend to promote rape cultural and group thinking and obedience (and are really just ways for young men to practice for war without being in war) why should this surprise anyone.

The entire point of high school sports and cheer leading is to get people to dress alike and blindly obey an older, more experienced member of their own sex.

So, yes, that the athletic program wouldn't give a shit about her being raped. Of course not, because what matters to them is the good of the group and if he helps the group his other actions are by definition justified.

As to her being kicked off the squad? Again the point of cheer leading is to bond women together as sexual objects who do nothing but what they are told and resist individual choices and action.

That's the entire reason schools throw so much money into sports programs and less into textbooks, science labs, etc...

Actual academic learning teaches people to question authority which is not something a government run institution is ever going to be particularly in favor of.

Team sports and cheer leading teach men and people to do what authority figures tell them without question - something every government run institution in the world is in favor of.