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Nigel Hardy, 13, Commits Suicide After Being Bullied For Being A Male Cheerleader

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Nigel Hardy 4.17.2013

Another bullied teen took his life on Monday: Nigel Hardy, age 13, had been bullied due to his participation in an extracurricular activity he loved, cheerleading.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Hardy punched another boy, who was harassing him about cheerleading, which led to suspension from Hillview Middle School in Palmdale, California.  On Monday, following the suspension, Nigel Hardy’s father went to authorities after finding a suicide note and his handgun missing.Hardy’s body was later found 20 miles from his home with a gun nearby. Keep reading »

Male Cheerleaders Making A Comeback

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There are six men and five women on the Sacramento State cheerleading team, and apparently this ratio is not unusual — at the collegiate level, 50 percent of cheerleaders are now male, although cheerleaders of both sexes are still fighting the misconception that their sport is all about waving pom-poms.

“We put our bodies through awkward positions with tumbling and flipping and tossing a human being while they flip and land on one hand six feet in the air,” says Sacramento State cheerleader Sean Henderson. “We have a person’s life in our hands and one false movement can cause serious injury.” Keep reading »

Cheerleaders Spanked Over “Save Your Bumps” Breast Cancer Tees

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means every day brings us 16 different stories of pink boobie paraphernalia banned from schools. Gilbert High School in Gilbert, Arizona is the latest school seeing red over pink. The administration said the cheerleading squad’s pink T-shirts reading “Feel for lumps, save your bumps” was an “objectionable slogan” and inappropriate for two upcoming football games. Now the shirts have been banned. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: On The Texas Cheerleader Forced To Cheer For Her Rapist

  • We’ve long been following the story of the Texas cheerleader who was kicked off the squad for refusing to cheer for a student athlete who sexually assaulted her. Hillaire, of Sislbee, Texas, was 16 years old when she was raped in October 2008 by fellow student Rakheem Bolton, then 17, at a party. Bolton and three other boys removed her clothes and locked the door; a friend outside the door heard Hillaire saying “No!” and “Stop!” That friend kicked the door open to find Hillaire on the floor crying; three of the four boys had broken a window and fled. That same night, the owner of the house called 911 to report a rape. Despite all this, Rakheem Bolton initially claimed the sex was consensual, fueling rumors she was embarrassed because he is black and she is white. Rakheem Bolton eventually plead guilty to assault, but continued playing on the Silsbee basketball team. (Never mind that under Texas law, neither a minor nor someone who is intoxicated can legally consent to sex.) Four months later when it came time to cheer for the basketball team, Hillaire refused. Her coach told her she had to cheer “for everyone” or leave. So she left. She was then kicked off the cheerleading squad, which prompted her father to file several lawsuits against the school district, the superintendant and the principal. All lawsuits were unsuccessful and — if all this is not crazy enough — one ruling declared that Hillarie and her family had to reimburse the school district for legal fees. If it’s any consolation, an appeals court ruled this week that Hillaire and her family are not required to pay the entire $35,000 in fees. I don’t know about you, but that hardly seems like something to celebrate. I heartily encourage you to read this Daily Beast piece, because it is fantastic — as well as heartbreaking. [The Daily Beast, Ms. Magazine]

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With The Right Uniform, This Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Will Make Any Restaurant A “Breastaurant”

A former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader has founded a website called BreastaurantUniforms.com, where restaurateurs can get help turning “any restaurant into a breastaurant!”

There are a number of reasons I am not excited about making the world a more receptive place for breastaurants. Keep reading »

“Bring It On: The Musical” … Because Why Not Have Singing Cheerleaders?

I am not the target audience for “Bring It On: The Musical,” which will be traveling around the country in fall 2011, bringing the tale of dueling cheerleading squads hither and yon. But I know girls who love that movie, but what’s more, I know dudes who looove that movie. Singing cheerleaders? I’ll pass. (I never really got the “Bring It On” obsession. Can someone explain?) The only thing that might redeem “Bring It On: The Musical” is the fact that it’s made by the creators of “In The Heights,” “Next To Normal” and “Avenue Q,” which are all extremely well-regarded Broadway shows. But still: singing cheerleaders, people.

What do you think? Would you see “Bring It On: The Musical” if it came to your neck of the woods? [YouTube via Salon.com] Keep reading »

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