Colleyville cheerleading trials too harsh, parents say



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Posted on April 24, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 25 at 2:53 AM

COLLEYVILLE — Some parents are upset after nearly a dozen kids who tried out for the Colleyville Heritage High School cheerleading squad didn't make the cut.

"Because they judged too harshly," said Crissie Tatum, a concerned parent who spoke out on Tuesday even though she doesn't have a daughter at the high school.

Tatum believes proof lies in the comparison with a cheerleading tryout at Grapevine High School, the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD's other high school, where she says only 5 percent of students who applied were rejected, versus 37 percent at Colleyville High.

Because so few Heritage students qualified, there won't be a junior varsity squad next year. "Basically, what they are saying is — even though we have girls who have cheerleading skills, they'd rather have nobody than have those girls on a squad," Tatum said.

GCISD had limited comment on the controversy because they are going through a grievance process, but did release this statement:

"A group of parents have brought forward concerns about the tryout process and we have heard their concerns. We are researching facts and information and are working with parents as we move through the district's grievance process, hoping to come to a swift resolution. As we are actively involved in the grievance process, it is not appropriate for district or school officials to comment further on this matter in public forum."

It is Tatum's contention that this year, the students who applied for cheerleader at Colleyville Heritage High were judged more for competition than for sideline cheering.

Out of the 30 who tried out, only 19 made the squad.

These students are hoping that a decision will be made to hold a new tryout that could at least provide the basis for a junior varsity squad.