Reporting Rob Schmitt
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.