Teenage Cheerleader Kicked Off Team After Not Cheering for Rapist

Uploaded by MidweekPolitics on 10.05.2011

Teenaged cheerleader in Texas has been ordered to pay the school that kicked her off the
cheerleading squad for refusing to cheer for her rapist. This is unbelievable. The Supreme
Court refused to hear the case of a teenaged girl that was kicked off because the... a
boy that was... that had sexually assaulted her, she refused to cheer for him, OK? And
as a result, now, the school is saying she owes them $45,000 in legal fees. You following
this, Louis?
Louis: Yeah. Sounds pretty crazy.
David: The girl's known only as MS. She accused a fellow student of raping her at a party.
He pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge to avoid jail time. He was allowed to come back
to school and get back on the team, OK? She continued to cheer for the team during games,
but she wouldn't shout the guy's name or clap for him when he shot free-throws. Seems pretty
understandable. When the superintendent discovered what she was doing, she was kicked off the
team. She sued the school, she argued free speech rights had been violated, two courts
ruled that as a cheerleader, she speaks for the school, not herself, and did not have
the right to refuse to cheer for him.
Now, the question, to me, I understand why maybe she shouldn't be on the team if he isn't
on his team either. But this guy pled guilty. It was a misdemeanor charge, I understand,
but he did still plead guilty. He was allowed to rejoin the team. Why?
Louis: Well, is this a story about Texas, or is this a story about preferential treatment
of athletes?
David: Or is it preferential treatment of men, or is it... I mean, we don't know what--
if there's a class issue here. I mean, we don't know that, Louis. But I know it's pretty
standard to make the losing side pay the other's court costs, but this is a case where a teenaged
girl is being held to pay her school $45,000 for kicking her off the squad for refusing
to cheer for her rapist. It's a perversion of justice. As a cheerleader, she speaks for
the school, which, by its actions, appears to endorse rape and assault. Tell me where
I'm going wrong, Louis.
Louis: No, I think... I think that's it.
David: Now, preferential treatment of athletes, yes. We don't know...
Louis: We know this exists.
David: We know it exists, but I don't think it's the same to say that it applies to Kobe
Bryant as that it applies at a Texas high school.
Louis: Well, we know that back when we were in high school...
David: Yeah.
Louis: ... if a football player got into a fight and punched someone in the face, the
penalties would be pretty minor compared to, let's say, if I did it.
David: Is that true?
Louis: Oh, yeah.
David: See, I didn't know that. What about the incident... there was one incident where
I was in middle school, I was on the bus, and I look out the window to the right, Louis
was on the same bus, I look out there, and all of a sudden he's involved in some kind
of fight with this guy. They're both wearing... remember when the puffy jackets were big during
winter? Remember those, Louis?
Louis: [Laughs] Yeah.
David: And I just look over and somehow, one of... it was just kind of like a shouting
match with a lot of arms flying around, if I recall correctly.
Louis: There were like feathers flying everywhere because like my down jacket ripped open. [Laughs]
David: Right. [Laughs] Louis's down jacket got a tear in it, and I look over out the
window, and Louis's face is bright red, because he's flailing around, and there's just a cloud
of feathers engulfing both of them. And what happened? Somebody ran over and broke it up,
Louis: Some teacher just like jumped on us and was like oh, break it up! And then like
I just got right on the bus, and that was the end of it.
David: See? So what... you were certainly no athlete in high school.
Louis: Well, no, there were no... I mean, he didn't know who I was, he didn't know who
the other guy was.
David: But he knew you were students, presumably.
Louis: I mean, for all intents and purposes, it just never even happened.
David: Right.
Louis: It's not like it happened in the school and then we got sent to the principal's office.
I mean, this was like, there was just no record of it.
David: Right. It was-- it was like a...
Louis: I mean, come on, I guarantee you I would've been reprimanded.
David: It's like it took place at a CIA black site. It's like it never happened. There's
just no record. The location is unknown, the players are unknown.
Louis: Yeah. Well, I know people. I had it wiped from the record books.
David: What, did you end up picking up the feathers and stuffing them back in the jacket?
Louis: They were long gone.
David: In any event, we don't know that there was preferential...
Louis: The jacket was never quite as warm.
David: We don't know about preferential treatment for athletes, but we do know that this does
appear to be a perversion of justice.
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