Denver Public Schools and the Denver Police Department are investigating an exercise used at cheer practices at East High School.
A mom turned over video that shows several of the girls being pushed down and forced into exaggerated splits by the new cheer coach. Multiple girls are seen crying out in pain and at least one of them asked the coach several times to "please, stop.” The cheerleader was left with bruising on her thighs from where the other girls held her down.
Three days after the incident, the girl's mother notified school officials but no action was taken, so she got the police involved. The DPS superintendent said the school principal, assistant principal, cheer coach, assistant cheer coach, and DPS deputy general counsel have been placed on leave during the investigation.