Samson Cheerleading Dispute Continues

Emotions remain high over the Geneva County School Board's decision to remove several girls from Samson High School's cheerleader squad.

At one point during the school board meeting a deputy had to physically remove a parent following a verbal outburst.

The majority of the varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders along with their parents came to support those removed from the squad.

They were taken off because of violation of board policy on the number of cheerleaders allowed per school.

Samson eighth-grader Gabby Lolley says, “I think it’s wrong. Very unfair and I don't think we need to have new tryouts. They did good, they should be on the team, put them on and then change it next year"

After hearing from a concerned parent, the board made no comment and allowed its decision to stand on the girls removal from next year's cheerleading squad.

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  • by anonymous Location: l on Aug 11, 2008 at 01:31 PM
    This is about the stupidest, cruelest, thing I've ever heard of.I do not see how anyone can deliberately mistreat children this way.I didn't know that there was a certain number of cheerleaders that a school could have.They should have been allowed to keep their spots after being told they had made it. Its not their fault that a bunch of idiots made a mistake if that's what really happened.I would sue them!!
  • by Mary Location: Geneva County on May 23, 2007 at 08:55 PM
    I would like to see just how many comments have really been sent to this site, I know that they are read before they are sent out. Do not hold back send them all Because I know of atleast six that has not been posted. Let the girls cheer this year and then re-do the policy for the next year and make sure everyone knows the rules.
  • by Leah Location: Malvern on May 23, 2007 at 06:01 PM
    Maybe its time for a new school board of members? After all, how did this happen in the first place? Someone failed at their jobs and it was NOT the girls on the squad! They are being punished unjustly for something of not their faults!
  • by Kay Location: Enterprise on May 23, 2007 at 05:16 PM
    Board policy? On a number of cheerleaders? So CHANGE the policy, stupid! It's about the KIDS, Samson school board. THE KIDS. Remember them? We just lost eight of ours over here in Enterprise. We love the ones that are left and would never use board policy to break hearts after they were allowed to try for something and make it. Why didn't you mention this BEFORE they were told they made the squad? You don't take something away once it has been announced. That's just not right. Love your kids, Samson, not your board policy. You never know when you might blink and lose them. We lost two of our cheerleaders. Why are you so concerned about your "board policy?" That's easy enough to change since you didn't enforce it before the girls were told they had made the squad. No take backs when kids are in the picture. That's just wrong! Wake up and take care of your kids instead of breaking their hearts. You were wrong to let them try out and tell them they made it if you had a limited number of slots. Who did that? Hold them responsible, not the kids and their parents. They should not suffer for somebody else's mistake. You need to eat this mistake and wait until next year to limit your squad. Or better yet, change the policy and make more kids happy and give more a chance to get involved since you obviously have interested students. That is the idea, right? To keep the students interested and involved? Not to tell them no, you cannot be involved in this because we have a dumb rule. Good grief.
  • by Sherry Location: Enterprise on May 23, 2007 at 05:05 PM
    Why didn't someone find out how many cheerleaders Samson is allowed to have BEFORE the try-outs? If girls were told they made the squad, then they MADE THE SQUAD. You don't go back on your word with children once they have been told they made something. That is a terrible way for adults to treat kids. It is horrible treatment and no adult should ever do that to a child. A school board should certainly be more resposible than this. This is reprehensible behavior by authority over innocent, helpless young girls and their parents. How shameful. It is hard enough to grow up without this kind of callous, terrible treatment from the very people in a school system that should be setting an example. Horrors. I don't know any of these people involved, thank goodness. If it were my child I would be ready to fight. What a shameful way to treat kids. Adults in charge need to be careful with their authority and power lest they find themselves guilty of travesties that cannot be undone. I would never be able to live with the thought of ruining a young person's high school dreams. How can you, Samson school board? Wow, you need to try to think about how you would feel if this were YOUR child. Wouldn't you be mad? I think you would if your daughter were in tears after pouring her heart and soul into something and getting excited about it only to be told, "oops, changed our minds." That is just unthinkable and unforgivable to treat a child that way. I am outraged and I don't know any of you. Get your act together over there, Samson. You are giving the South a bad name again with this kind of publicity.
  • by Student/Cheerleader on May 23, 2007 at 01:48 PM
    How unfair is it for students in the other schools in the system to be cut? Try-outs in those schools were by the policy. Why all the concern over Samson girls? What about the students that didn't make the cut in Slocomb and Hartford? If Samson's girls don't get cut, then someone should allow those recently cut from the other squads a spot on the team!!! Fair is FAIR. Cheer by the rules or don't cheer at all. GET OVER IT ALREADY, SAMSON!!!!!!!!!
  • by Harry Location: Dothan,Al on May 23, 2007 at 11:34 AM
    She can always move to Houston Academy were no matter how bad you are, you always make the team or any squad at that school! Good Luck next year. This should make you work harder to get what you want.
  • by dave Location: atl on May 23, 2007 at 08:27 AM
    drop it you babies. stop cryin plz
  • by Rhonda Location: Samson on May 23, 2007 at 06:06 AM
    I was at this meeting and the board as a whole sat a listened to what Mrs. Crews had to say. She asked that the floor be opened for discussion on this subject so all the board members could hear both sides of the story. The chairmen of the board, Mr Trawick totally ignored Ms. Crews request to open the floor. He didn't even acknowledge that a request had been by neither denying it or approving that the floor be opened for discussion. After she said what she came to say, she sat down and the board conducted their business as usual with no reference to her request what so ever. And as far as the comment by Mrs. Hatcher after the board meeting about the comments posted last time this story by concerned parents. Mrs. Hatcher, I was a parent who posted my own comment, and no, I don't belive Mr. Gurspan needs to write any commets himself for there are plenty of people that are outraged about this decision.
  • by Dale Location: Dothan, Alabama on May 22, 2007 at 08:37 PM
    Since when is there a limit to how many cheerleaders one school may have? Sounds like sour grapes from a parent whose daughter didn't make the cut...tough luck one promised you life would be easy...try again next year...BUT, let the girls that did make the cut be on the squad. Parents...MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!!!
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