Everyone Makes Cheer Squad at New Jersey School After Parent Complains

It’s the end of the school year, and with all the final awards ceremonies for this year come tryouts for next year’s fall sports and activities. At a high school in New Jersey, there’s a black cloud over the cheerleading squad for next year already after one parent complained that her daughter didn’t make the cheer squad. The school board took the woman’s complaints seriously and decided that EVERYONE who tried out gets to be on the cheer squad. EV-ER-Y-ONE.

As you can imagine, this news went over like a turd in a punch bowl with the girls who actually MADE the cheer squad based on merit.

“All my hard work has been thrown out the window,” said cheerleader Stephanie Krueger at a Board of Education meeting last week in East Hanover New Jersey. “I tried my hardest. Now everything is going away because of one child who did not make the team, and their parent complained,” she added.

Of course, there are two sides to every story, and we haven’t heard the specifics on WHY the girl didn’t make the cheer squad, but I have to say that my opinion is generally that most blanket “inclusive” policies like this aren’t good for kids. If the tryout results were truly based on hard work and skill level, then it’s appropriate to include only those who make the cut. Besides, cheerleading is in many cases a competitive sport, and high school teams would lose a LOT of games if they let everyone who tried out play varsity for football, soccer, or basketball. Would they ROTATE their starting players to make sure EVERYONE gets to start the same number of times? Of course not! It’s ridiculous.

Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson
Jenny is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor.

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