The Top Five Texas Cheerleader Scandals
But those feisty Katy gals are hardly alone when it comes to bringing shame down on those who wave pom-pons in the Lone Star state. Here's a look at our Top 5 Disgraces to Texas Cheerleading:
5. Meltdown in Allen: First, a number of Allen High School cheerleaders were kicked off the team for drinking. The incident sparked "a whirlwind of allegations that have threatened to shut down the team's booster club," according to a Dallas Morning News story (). Then an article was published that detailed the depression of a former Allen cheerleader who had used steroids in high school.
4. The Booty Bill: State Representative Al Edwards sponsored a bill in 2005 that would outlaw sexually suggestive cheerleading routines at school events. Edwards told the Associated Press that such exhibitions lead to "pregnancies, high school dropouts, [and the] contraction of AIDS and herpes." The Texas House approved the bill, but it eventually died in the Senate. As a result, there are still teen pregnancies in Texas.
3. The Aggie Apology: During a pep rally for a football game against Penn State, a Texas A&M cheerleader made some disturbing comments about the opponent's aging coach. "Joe Paterno’s on his deathbed and someone needs to find him a casket," the yell leader said to the crowd. The male cheerleader then said Penn State fans were ugly. University officials later apologized for the comments.
2. The Fab Five: Cheerleaders from a McKinney high school posted questionable photos on MySpace (genius), and the girls were later described in a national magazine as a group of booze-crazed bullies – an "elite social clique that flagrantly flouted school rules but faced few sanctions." The made-for-television movie premiered Saturday on the Lifetime network.
1. The Channelview-Cheerleader-Murdering-Mom: In 1991, Wanda Holloway tried to hire a hitman to kill her neighbor. Holloway apparently thought the murder would give her 13-year-old daughter a competitive edge over her neighbor's daughter in junior-high cheerleading try-outs. Holloway was convicted and sentenced to 10 years, but she was released after six months. Holloway's story was turned into a couple movies, including HBO's The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom. In all fairness, you can't really blame the cheerleaders for this one.
-- Paul Knight