High school coach fired after harrowing footage emerges of cheerleaders being held down and forced to do splits

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A high school coach has been fired after harrowing video footage emerged of a cheerleaders being held down and forced to do the splits.

One clip shows 13-year-old Ally Wakefield screaming “I can’t” and repeatedly begging “please stop” as a group of teammates hold her arms and legs.

Cheerleading coach Ozell Williams is seen pushing down on her in the 24-second video, leaving her with torn ligaments.

Denver Police are now investigating the incident which occurred in June at East High School in Denver, United States, during the first week of a cheer camp.

A total of eight videos showing cheerleaders being pushed into splits were sent to news channel 9News.

Four further employees were placed on administrative leave

Ally told 9News: “It was tearing my ligament and my muscle at the same time.

“He was pushing down on the back of my right leg. He was pushing like with his other knee on my back to try to keep my posture straight.”

Her mother, Kirsten Wakefield, sent an email to the assistant principal with a video attached, demanding to know what was going to be done about the incident.

Tom Boasberg, Denver Public Schools Superintendent said: “With regards to certain videos, I cannot state strongly enough as the superintendent of the school district and as the father of two high school aged daughters that the images and actions depicted are extremely distressing and absolutely contrary to our core values as a public school community.”

Denver Police added: “On August 23, 2017, the Denver Police Department received anonymous information regarding the incidents involving a cheerleader coach at East High School, and Denver Police child abuse detectives immediately began an investigation.” 


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