Group Of OC Cheerleaders Quit Squad Following Dispute With Coaches

LAS FLORES (CBS) — A group of Orange County cheerleaders say they quit the squad following a dispute with their coaches.

CBS2’s Rob Schmitt spoke to the former cheerleaders who have been a part of the squad at Tesoro High School since their freshman year.

It’s something that they love, they say, but claim their coaches drove them away after asking them at a meeting which one they’d rather do… go to a competition in Florida or a senior year dance.

When they answered that they’d rather go to the dance, the girls say the coaches demoted the team’s two senior captains.

“It’s disappointing that our senior year was basically ruined,” Kelli Massey said. “And it’s disappointing that our coaches are the reason why.”

“It’s sad because we want to be out there and cheering with the team that we’re bonding with but… we’re happy because we don’t have to deal with being put down,” said Marissa Peak.

Parent Bob Peak claims the girls were demoted as captains after being accused of not agreeing to go to the competition.

“And that wasn’t true. They did agree to go to the competition. It’s just that they made their opinion known to the coaches,” he said.

“There’s been a huge migration from this program. It’s always been a lot of girls on the team. The majority of the girls that were eligible to try out this year that were on the team last year choose not to,” said Karen Hyman, a parent.

We tried talking to the athletic director and the head coach of the squad but got nowhere on camera.

The school also declined to comment on the story Friday night. They did, however, tell us that no formal complaint has been filed with the school district.

  • Just a Thought

    This is news?

    • Fanny

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  • DJ

    What’s the surprise here? The bullies win, as usual.

  • BW

    These are KIDS. They don’t need to compete in a stupid cheerleading competition that will have nothing to do with their eventual career; they need to be kids and go to dances and learn at school. These idiot coaches need to stop living through their cheerleaders’ lives and remember what it was like to be in school.

    • SD

      Actually you do learn many important life skills on a competitive team that you will use the rest of your life. These girls learn discipline, team work, responsibility, time management skills, goal setting, and perseverance, just to name a few!! We should not be teaching our kids and students to be quitters. This is what is wrong with our culture today. Everyone just wants to have fun and not work hard. I’m sorry but we should be instilling hard work and perserverance into our youth, not to quit when you don’t get your way!

      • Tim Lucas

        I think it’s great that a stand was taken right or wrong and to back that up with action. There is strength in numbers and if you proceed do so with full commitment. If you are wrong, it only ads wisdom. If you are correct then you will be bathed in righteousness. Continue on, never give up.

      • Excheerleader

        Actually i am one of the girls who quit and we didnt just walk off the team because of lack of commitment. We are constantly being put down and told we have no common sense. They coach by intimidation and have already had a formal bullying complaint filed against them from girls on the team previous years. We werent going to put up with another year of it so we took a stand and stood up for ourselves. This program has only gone downhill and with these coaches its only getting worse. I know from experience. Obviously this was edited and the full story was not shown but no one really knows except for us so we dont appreciate your rude comments. This was something important to us and we gave it up. No one just quits something they love for no reason.

    • gb

      Yes, but they made the commitment to be on a team that competes. Now they are letting their team down. The other girls on the team are excited to go to Florida and compete. These girls are just seniors who are checked out of the program and thought that if they told the coaches that they weren’t doing it, it would be cancelled.

      • gb

        i heard from one of the girls remaining on the team that the captains were demoted because they were not supportive of the coaches and team’s agenda to compete. when you grow up maybe you will understand that you can’t have leaders that undermine authority. you could have continued and finished out the year and realized that you did not want to participate in a group like this in the future, but you all quit. so just let it go and if the school doesn’t fix the problems and its really that bad, then no one will try out in the future and they will be forced to do something about any problems that exist in the program. ask anyone on any serious sports program and no one really thinks their coaches are the nicest people in the world, they are rule enforcers, disciplinarians, not popular with teenagers

      • Excheerleader

        We told our coaches that we would give 100% even though we werent thrilled about going to the competition. We were asked for our opinions and we told them and we were punished for it. Anyone who doesnt know the whole story should not be trash talking us because you dont sit in those practices and get put down and leave feeling demoralized and crying.

      • gb

        dear get overit
        i guess if you mean they are being bullied to fulfill a commitment then you are right. it is too bad the parents didn’t encourage their daughters to fulfill their commitment. i feel that it is the parents job to teach our children that sometimes sacrifices must be made, but you must follow through on your commitments….a life lesson

      • get overit

        you obviosly are one of the 4 who wants to compete. The majority of the girls are not excitied to go to Florida there are just being bullied because they enjoying cheering for their school and want to continue doing that.

    • offthewall

      To BW,
      I would hardly call 17 year old’s kids, they are young adults, but they are certainly acting like kids…. little kids who cry when they don’t get their way. How pitiful!

    • Michelle

      WOW, an extremely similar thing happened to me in 2009 as a varsity songleader on tesoro pepsquad. GIL RAMIERZ AND DR.BURCH DO NOT CARE ABOUT THEIR STUDENTS AND HAVE AND ALWAYS WILL PUT THESE “PROFESSIONAL, NEW COACHES” BEFORE EVERYBODY. I saddens me that this program has only gotten worse and what use to and SHOULD be an enjoyable, rewarding experience is being destroyed. This is a high school pepsquad,the people who are suppose to care are causing the most pain on these girls, it just isn’t right and they don’t deserve to have jobs.

      • to2009Songleader

        The more people that speak up the better…it’s never too late. It’s in the districts hands now, please go to the district to help this case out.

    • davidL

      These are KIDS. They don’t need to go to a stupid dance that has nothing to do with their obligation to fulfill their commitment to attend cheerleader activities. The kids need to stop up and do the right thing. These selfish idiot girls need to learn that in the real world, you just can’t skip out on an obligation to go to a dance.

  • Alan Di

    How will humanity go on? Can you imagine life without the cheer squad?

  • SC

    Since when did Sue Sylvester work at Tesoro High School?

  • Josh Butts

    I’m glad this is news. Let everyone know what a bunch of a-hole coaches they are.

    • ath

      Josh Butts…explain your comment and validate it!

  • bh

    What’s sad is the girls made the decision to quit and now the parents are trying to continue the drama and blame the coaches for their lack of commitment to the tam. So you wanted to go to another winter formal dance rather than compete in a national competition in Florida with your team? Then quit and move on, the coaches did nothing wrong, how can you allow someone to be a captain of your team who brings discordance and drama to the squad by insinuating that all the girls feel the same as them. On the news, they just came off as selfish brats that didn’t get their way.

    • Embarrassed 49er

      as a former csulb 49er, your choice of attitude is a disgrace. First off, seniors have so much on their minds on what college to choose, what major they want to pursue and to celebrate their senior year. It is a one time offer. The coaches should have an underclass captain on board in case of this, just as long it is not a consistent problem.
      Your word choice needs some change and betterment rather than make excuses. It is a shame for some folks to display the arrogance you have displayed.

      • bh

        How is that arrogance? Anyone that has been part of a competitive team or a club sport knows that your loyalty and allegiance lies with your team. If they just wanted to have fun their senior year, they shouldn’t have agreed to be part of a team that they know goes to several competitions a year. No one would fault them for that decision.With any sport, sacrifices are necessary. Most girls know that it is a special honor to compete in Florida and do not look at missing the dance as a sacrifice. It is a good idea to have an underclassman as captain to represent the whole team better. Maybe that would have thwarted all the drama.

    • Excheerleader

      Our parents did not do anything to continue this. The coaches did do some wrong things. We love all the girls on that team and we realize that our decision affected them. But we are doing this because of coaches who are sucking the fun out of a HIGH SCHOOL SPORT that is all about SUPPORTING THE SCHOOL AND OTHER TEAMS. It had nothing to do with not getting our way. People dont quit for no reason. The fact that they made no comment made them look stupid.

      • grow up

        The coaches certainly look more professional than you kids do, simply by making no comment.

      • dramahater

        The way the cheerleaders spoke made them look stupid. one rolls her doe eyes and another can’t even complete a cohesive thought. Let it go and move on with your lives.

      • Excheerleader

        We were told it was an anonymous caller. We did not call the news!

      • justa momma

        Since this has been ongoing for years it could have been a parent whos complaint wasn’t heard last year or in previous years. This is not something new and the school just lets it continue, the competition is just the half of the drama

      • bh

        who contacted the news if not the parents of these students??

      • justa mom

        AGRED 100%
        Proud that you are standing up for yourselves.

  • patrisha murray

    is this a comedy skit from Saturday night live? the parents should be so embarrassed that their teaching their children that this is important in life

    • Sue Sylvester is at tesoro

      Its important to teach your kids to have dignity and not be bullied by adults. Patrisha, do you allow people to constantly put you down, bully and manipulate you? I doubt it, and neither should our kids?

      • grow up

        You should be embarrassed that you choose not to have your kids respect the teachers!

  • justa mom

    **shouldn’t have to deal with

  • carlos

    Wow, looks like some rich girls got their parents to get the evening news to mess with some coaches. Didn’t even file a complaint with the district or the school, huh? Sounds like these brats can’t get enough attention. Hopefully, the school sticks to their guns, and doesn’t leave the coaches in the lurch.

    • justa mom

      they did go to the school…find out your facts first and they have gone to the school for YEARS…many people have and it’s just ignored.

  • She must go

    The vast majority of students and parents that have been involved in this program has left with bitterness and bad memories due to the tactics of this coach. She is unprofessional and speaks poorly of team members and their parents.

  • Excheerleader

    Girls who are still on the team were told by the coaches that they are not allowed to talk to us. Im pretty sure they are not allowed to tell people who they can and cannot talk to.

    • highschoolsports

      I have 3 kids who have played high school sports. What a not pleasant experience. My kids have experienced some pretty bad stuff with coaches. One guy cusses the kids out at length. One time I clocked it for 17 mins. First preseason game of the year. F words, name calling, slamming doors, throwing equipment, threats, punishments, bullying etc etc. MANY have gone to the athletic director, and principal. Nothing is ever done. Another coach said ” I will cut your legs off!” and “I will cut you into tuna!”. What kind of grown up says these things?
      NOW I do have my first playing sports in college. The coaches are GREAT!! Nice supportive and educational. No bullying and belittling. Can’t wait til the other 2 are out of high school.
      I hope you girls can put it behind you. They are bad coaches, there are many of them out there that have no business working with kids.

  • Excheerleader2

    All of you who are bashing us don’t understand what really happened. It is not all about competition. If any of your daughters were in our position of getting bullied and put down by their coaches, I guarantee that you wouldn’t just let it keep happening. We’re not spoiled brats who didn’t get our way, it’s much bigger than that. This has gone on our whole high school cheer careers and we needed to do something about it. We didn’t contact the news they called us because they received an phone call from someone.

    • grow up

      Excheerleadeader2..give specifics

    • grow up

      Get a life ….and then learn about doing your job and making a commitment!

    • drama hater

      exactly what i thought you would say, excheerleader2

    • drama hater

      ok, then give specific examples of what the coaches did that was so bad, so everyone can understand exactly why you quit

      • Excheerleader2

        If you hate drama “dama hater”, then stop posting comments. There’s so many things that happened over the years that have lead up to this we’re not going to waste our time trying to explain to you something you have nothing to with.

  • drama hater

    Its pretty simple to figure out who is behind all this pot stirring….the same person who created needless drama in our pep squad booster meetings last year complaining about everything from spending money on a banquet for the girls and how moneys were handled and budgeted. goodbye drama, not sad that you are off the team. leave the remaining girls alone so the ones that want to be there can enjoy the rest of their season. go find a hobby and good riddance

    • Tree Hugger

      What are your thoughts about students charged with bullying, taking a dump on people’s lawns, and getting caught for shoplifting? Should they stay on a team or be removed? Did you say stay? Because they’re good family friends? Oh, OK! You ment to say removed, because such behaviors should have consequences and not be rewarded by putting them on the Varsity team…The plot thickens. And who is stirring the pot? There is no booster club this year… More power to the “Head Coach” to have full control! It is more simple to keep it “CHEERLEADING” duh, to promote school spirit and have fun! Not to stomp out each individual’s spirit because they’re pawns. These are kids! Learning to stand up for themselves and not be mistreated by childlike behavior from the adults/coaches, oh my bad, the cheer coach is kid, uh…adult, no kid, oh well, should be applauded! Since it’s obvious you haven’t stood up for yourself, you can crawl back under your “Hater” cloak, keep on judging others like a good bully and coward so you can feel better about yourself.

      • peace

        It seems like the problems with other students should have been addressed at the time these infractions occurred, why are you bringing it up now? what does this have to do with the quitters? and just maybe you don’t have all the info to know why girls weren’t kicked off the team, oh i forgot you know everything….

      • Cheer Moms need lives

        the coach may be a kid in our eyes but he presents himself with maturity. I can’t say that about most of these parents posting on this article.

  • get over it

    OH PLEASE, this is not rocket science, it’s cheer and a bunch of spoiled brats who are just mad they did not get their way, and parents who make it worse by encouraging the drama.
    Don’t you all have more important things to spend your time on?
    Get over it already and move on to something like ….maybe school work.

  • Roger Thornhill

    This story is nothing. Stay tuned for next week, I’m calling KCBS because at my grocery store, the checker twice put canned food on top of my bread. I’m offended, and of course, that means a story!

    • get over it

      Totally agree. CBS should be embarrassed for even doing a NON story on this.

  • Karma

    Drama hater, funny but that person stirred the pot at the coach’s request and has the emails to prove it. You must not forget that your coach was not exactly liked or respected by her board. You Wilkins figure her out too. She is a snake

  • Karma

    And, do you support her turning her head when there are girls on the team that, by their own admission, have recently been arrested?

    • justa momma

      GW how can you compare being arrested to having no tumbling??

    • Aliso sucks

      i believe Aliso needs to stay out of this since they caused drama last year.

    • the 5 losers

      she had level 1 tumbling. don’t forget she turned her head for the ungrateful quitter who had bad grades and now is on tv sad because she can’t cheer, she quit. Go work on your grades you’ll need it to count your money for your ticket to the dance.

      • Alisomom

        As an outsider I think it is indicative of a problem when there are so few upperclassmen. All the other schools in the district have teams loaded with juniors and seniors! Nuu said. Tesoro administration needs to look at this closely

    • grow up

      And this is important that you embarrass someone… because???????????

    • Karma

      Everyone. On that team had more than a handspring. They cut the 2 seniors that didn’t. You should get your facts straight.

      • um...

        excuse me i had a handspring and almost a tuck….and i was cut because?

  • kosher

    love theme bimbos cheer me up . Stupid as it gets

  • grow up

    It appears the girls CHOSE to quit the team and CHOSE not to honor their commitment…H-E-L-L-O!!!
    A single school dance was more important to them than a commitment made to the team and their teammates.
    You should be Disgusted by that!

    • shhhhh

      grow up, since you are clealy uninformed about this you should refrain from commenting. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about…it’s not about a dance..

  • I support the coaches

    It’s disturbing to see quitters in letterman jackets especially when they want to be recognized as a sport. Yet they choose to attend a dance over a National Cheerleading Championship in Florida aired on ESPN. Enjoy your dance and let the ATHLETES enjoy their time in Florida.

    • mnm

      They didn’t choose to attend a dance over a National Cheerleading Championship, if you read the article and did your research, you’d see that the students simply expressed their opinions and shared with their coach that they’d rather go to the dance, but they’d still give their all to the competition. I’d be fed up to if I was abused and had my position as senior captain taken away. They did what was best for them, and ensuring their mental health is far more important than some cheer competition, if the coach really cared for the team, she would have shown it.

      • MNM Got it!

        DING DING DING…you hit the nail on the head.
        END OF STORY!!

    • not a quitter

      i agree!

  • Sue Sylvester is at tesoro

    It’s not about a competition. It’s about mistreatment by coaches. Those girls never said they wouldn’t go. They just said they preferred not to as did 4 other girls that did not quit. Pep Squad is to support school teams. If the focus is competition then don’t call it a pep squad. And if your mission statement says youbare role models than you need to take a look at the character of some of your members.

    • HATERS to the Left

      ummm i’m pretty sure that every school has a team that cheers at games and competes, their called PEP SQUAD dumb ass! I feel bad for the coaches, they are being called bullies yet what these parents and girls are doing is bullying them!

  • 5 quitters can suck it

    spoiled selfish brats…they need to know that it’s stupid if they think this is the worst thing to happen to them. they are a disgrace to cheerleading!

  • Spy Radar


    • ..

      she’s a SPY and a SNITCH!!!!!

    • M for magic is the spy!

      *It’s the magic girl

      • .

        she is happily following through with her committment, she is not a spy or a snitch… stop pointing fingers when you have NO clue,

    • HATERS to the Left

      I think it’s obvious on Facebook.

      • M for magic is the spy!

        it’s the magic…we all know it!

  • Karma

    ML is not a snitch nor a spy. she’s friends with everyone

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