Down syndrome cheerleader bumped to the bleachers: 'Cheer there,' says school
A high school volleyball cheerleader is going to have to show her support for her team, not from the courtside with the other pom-pom waving girls, but from up in the bleachers. Deer Park High School, in Texas, is telling a 16-year-old student who suffers from Down syndrome to take a seat, reports the Inquisitor on Sept. 26.
Brittany Davila, a freshman at Deer Park High School, was overjoyed that she was named an honorary cheerleader on the all-girl squad. Her father said she has been working extremely hard over the summer and was just told she cannot represent her school with her teammates on the sidelines.
“It was heartbreaking to hear that she is a cheerleader, but yet she won’t cheer with any of the other girls,” said father Ruben Davila.
Ruben feels the school is unfairly discriminating against his daughter. He said the school told him that having Brittany on the sidelines was a “liability,” even though she has previously been on the court with the other girls during games and proven that she can handle the cheer routine.
“If it’s a liability for her why wouldn’t it be for anyone else?” Ruben asked.
On Tuesday, Brittany showed up for the game in full uniform, but was told to stay in the stands.
Brittany’s mom, Buffy Davila, said Brittany cheered at one volleyball game, “Then yesterday we went and it was a different coach, and now she can’t do it because it’s a liability?” says Buffy.
“She doesn’t understand why they’re telling her she can’t do it,” Buffy said. “And I don’t know how to explain it to her.”
Dad Ruben echoed his wife’s frustrations.
“She didn’t understand what changed from last week to this week,” Ruben said, adding that Brittany was still good-natured, cheering her team on from up in the bleachers. “She was cheering along with them in the stands. She was excited, waving at them and blowing kisses.”
When the Deer Park Independent School District was questioned, they replied they would not answer any questions on specific students due to federal law, but did pass along this statement:
“There are apparently rumors going around that [Brittany]was cut from the squad, but this is not true. She’s STILL an honorary member of the squad, and we are honored to have her involved in the program. Several of our high school team members met with the child’s parents this afternoon… Both sides left with a better understanding of the other's concerns and position. There was also an agreement to work together to resolve whatever issues might remain.”
Perhaps there is some sort of liability issue, but shouldn’t school officials have made that clear from the outset when bringing Brittany on? The Davilas say Brittany has been cheering throughout her junior high school years, and there has never been a problem before.
Were they trying to pull a "glee" and realized it wasn't working?
[quote]A high school volleyball cheerleader
That squad is lower in importance than the wrestlerettes (they give head).
Let her on - unless she keeps stealing the ball.
Why is it so terrible to note the obvious, which is that these deficient, damaged creatures - people, if you must, but it's really going a little far - are not quite full humans? It's just being honest.
They're mistakes, and pandering to the small portion of their fractured beings that just might recognize they are substandard from time to time is not worth the betrayal to our real children. It's bad enough that these things are occupying space and breathing the same air as others (I mean, do you really want to inhale what is exhaled from those crippled, retarded bodies?). Do we also have to "pretty up" their miserable existences at the expense of real youth?
Disgusting. More Democrat hypocrisy. Even the phony Kennedys had the decency to cut the brain out of their retard and lock her up.
SHE is why we can't have nice things.
Fuck it. She is a teenaged girl living with down Syndrome not polio or severe Muscular Dystrophy or some shit.
Let her cheer as an honorary cheerleader, Deer Park High School! She's not a liability at all.
In the first season of AHS, Jamie Brewer worked alongside Jessica Lange as though there was nothing to it at all. She is soon to be in this upcoming season of AHS to work alongside Jessica Lange once again. Jamie Brewer is living with Down Syndrome , BTW.
Texas has always had a 'thing' with cheer leading. It's odd.
This is Texas.
The poor girl is probably smarter than 90% of the population.
Has anyone told her about her period?
Brittany, you can come sit next to me.
I think this is now an appropriate time for this video.
R9 here. R8, We seem to be a match made in heaven - born on 7:08PM!
Jinx, buy me a Coke, R9!
She gots the downs!
You eat SHIT!
I've never understood why having an extra chromosome doesn't make you super human?
"I've never understood why having an extra chromosome doesn't make you super human?"
You're telling me, sister.
This is probably more complicated then it sounds - and I suspect there are serious liability issues involved.
Cheerleading has become a competitive sport. But it is not recognized as a sport. There are no federal or state mandated standards and regulations. In particular safety regulations.
People with Downs Syndrome face mental and physical challenges. All aspects of their education need to adapt to these challenges.
You take a school sponsored sport with little to no safety regulations and combine that with a participant with physical challenges - and you have a potentially dangerous situation and a potential law suit.
It's quite possible the coach (who has nothing to do with cheerleaders) has enough training/education to spot the problems and brought them to the administration's attention.
The administration went right to their lawyers - who will also say "no" to be on the safe side.
I'm guessing most parents assume safety precautions that are mandated for recognized sports mistakenly are also in place for their children's cheerleading squad. Just not true.
I was going to say.. this thread is useless without a video... and then R11 came to the rescue.
Or R18, it could just be she looks like an ugly retard next to all the pretty girls
I never realize Coke-y is a double threat!
[quote] If it’s a liability for her why wouldn’t it be for anyone else? Ruben asked.
I agree, the parents have signed their permission for her to do it, the way all the cheerleaders parents have to sign something I'm sure. So that would stop any lawsuit. They were just inconsiderate and broke a poor little Down Syndrome girl's heart, real nice.
Texas. Treating people like shit since 1845.
Clearly, the administration at Deer Park doesn't know how to properly handle children.
Lol, who runs cheerleading, Mr G from Summer heights High?
If the girl wants to be a cheerleader she's going to have to whore like the rest of them. Thank God above she's in Texas.
I used to have a friend who made up this game where you'd get points if you could capture a photo of a 'Downie' with your cell phone. I forget exactly how the scoring went, but I remember the maximum points was awarded for actually getting the 'Downie' to pose with you (as opposed to just snapping pics of them in passing, etc). You also had to be able to tell without any doubt that the person in the pic had DS, otherwise you were disqualified and no points were awarded.
He's going straight to hell.
Corky is married, hello!?
[quote] Cheerleading has become a competitive sport.
You are right. They do a lot of gymnastic things and they throw each other up in the air. It's very dangerous
Lean to the left! Lean to the right!
MONGOLOIDS! MONGOLOIDS! Fight, fight, fight!
R34 wins, but I can't vote that to the front page; I'll see it every day.
R28's friend = Karen Walker
I'm not down with that.
This being Texas I'm sure they'll find some reason to put her on death row.
[quote]You eat SHIT! by: Hargensen
This isn't over...not by a LONG SHOT!
"This being Texas I'm sure they'll find some reason to put her on death row."
How very inefficient. Surely there are better ways to rid the world of such...undesirables.
She'll have to go down on the team to get the job.
I want to see a picture of your friend, R28. I want to see what a real life asshole looks like. Post one!
I want to see a picture of your friend, R28. I want to see what another asshole looks like. Post one!
[quote]I agree, the parents have signed their permission for her to do it, the way all the cheerleaders parents have to sign something I'm sure. So that would stop any lawsuit. They were just inconsiderate and broke a poor little Down Syndrome girl's heart, real nice.
You don't actually know that.
The article is far from comprehensive. There are no quotes from the parents about the meeting they had with the school.
The school is absolutely correct - there is little to nothing they can say.
In short - you actually have no idea what happened or why.
Doesn't the family realize that "honorary cheerleader" means that you get to pick up fallen pom-poms after the routine is over?
It doesn't make you part of the performance team.
HEYYY CORKY, YOU'RE SO FINE! YOU'RE SO FINE YOU BLOW MY MIND--HEY CORKY!!!
[quote]“She doesn’t understand why they’re telling her she can’t do it,” Buffy said. “And I don’t know how to explain it to her.”
Sounds like mom is a bit "slow" too.
I think the point is that they don't want the girl to get hurt during the cheerleader routines.
It's this "everyone gets a ribbon" entitled youth culture gone to the extreme. Someone has to tell the tard that, no, real life is not like those "pass it on" ads and you don't get to win prom queen off the mean girls who run the school. "Honorary" cheerleader is designed to make US feel good, not YOU.
[quote] Fuck it. She is a teenaged girl living with down Syndrome not polio or severe Muscular Dystrophy or some shit..........Jamie Brewer is living with Down Syndrome.
So now people don't "have" Down syndrome anymore? They're "living with Down Syndrome"?
[quote] Deer Park High School, in Texas, is telling a 16-year-old student who suffers from Down syndrome
I can understand not wanting to say, "suffers from Down syndrome," but to have to go all the way to, " living with down syndrome" is too much. She has Down syndrome, like I have bad hair. They're both congenital.
Oh Fank You!
R51. I agree. It is easier to just state 'has.'
If anyone thought "Jawbreakers", "Mean Girls" and "Heathers" was fiction, think again. High school is more disturbing than anything in fiction.
I said.......brr, it's cold in here
There must be some Texans in the atmosphere!
I said.......brr, it's cold in here
There must be some Texans in the atmosphere!
I said O-E-O-E-O
Ice, ice, ice!
Slow it down!
Ice, ice, ice!
(Funk music starts)
r18 proves that on the internet there is a pedant for every topic.
"“And I don’t know how to explain it to her.”"
Goddamn helicopter parents, they'll do ANYTHING rather than tell a child something it doesn't want to hear. They'd much rather sue or go to the media.
That is no preparation for real life.
What does "Fank you" mean?
[quote]What does "Fank you" mean?
It's from the thread about a girl with autism(?) at a restaurant whose cheeseburger arrived "broken" (cut in half, I think), and when they graciously gave her another that wasn't cut, her reply was something like, "Oh, FANK YOU! You FIXD my CHEESEBURGER!!!"
I must read that thread, R59. Anyone know its title?
Nevermind! Should have used the Google myself before asking.
it's a shame to admit but cheerleading is a popularity sport. lots of girls in high school didnt' and couldnt' ever make the squad..why should someone who has down syndrome make it just because they're challenged? it's devastating when a boy can't make the football team or a girl can't be a cheerleader but that's life. not everyone can win all the time so parents should not teach their children to expect the world to do them any favors. sorry but it's the way it is.
R62, that's why they offer so many different cheerleader squads.
This is NOT varsity, junior varsity, wrestlerettes, or even mathletes; it's fucking volleyball. If you can chew gum and avoid shitting on the floor, you qualify for volleyball*.
Plus, she was on the team and then they replaced the coach and suddenly she was off the team. What changed? The facilitator. Way to fuck up the first day at work, Coach!
*unless you steal the ball
it's obvious that the previous coach was making an exception but again, there are too many kids waiting in line trying to make the team (be it freshman, varsity, vball, etc). That doesn't mean this coach has to do the same. Unless downy (your name not mine) is a pretty decent athlete, there's no reason she should be put ahead of the rest. That said, there are plenty of mediocre players on a team at times but for the most part, they sit the bench. I don't recall the cheer squad having bench warmers. Her parents need to explain the truth to her and perhaps opt for enrolling her in a cheerleader camp with others of her own skill and ability level. It's just not right to insist on her being accepted in to a group that does not want her. They are setting her up for disappointment and failure by trying to get the world to change just for her.
Maybe her daddy should just murder the other cheerleaders.
I just hope some major league sports team sees this piece and offers her a spot on their cheerleading squad.
Chicago Bears could work it to its advantage.
Why are there so many assholes in the world?
The other cheerleaders should have stood up for her. You know what kills me? Used to be a cheerleader got to be a cheerleader because she was simply good at it and probably pretty but now the damn parents are so involved, sending their daughters to expensive cheerleader camps and making sure they go to competitions. Can't kids do anything anymore without their goddamn parents getting involved?
Then parents wonder why their kids are still living at home when they are 30.
One, two, tell me who are you?
Three, four, tell me who's gonna score?
Five, six, grab your crucifix!
Seven, eight, gonna stay up late!
Nine, ten, never sleep again!
Give her a model helicopter and let her chop her head off.
This is an honest question. Would someone who's down with the syndrome seriously be able to understand she's being dissed? If she doesn't understand whats going on leave it alone.
Not to be too crass, but would it be safe to have a mentally handicapped cheerleader at the bottom or middle of a pyramid? Seems like she'd get distracted pretty easily and put everyone's life in danger.
[quote] Maybe her daddy should just murder the other cheerleaders.
Well, it is Texas
"This is an honest question. Would someone who's down with the syndrome seriously be able to understand she's being dissed? "
People with Downs' have a large range of intelligence and ability. Some spend their whole lives with the minds of toddlers (imagine a lifetime of "the terrible twos"), some are bright enough to work and be fairly independent.
If this girl was on an earlier cheerleading squad, and her parents are worried about how she'll take this, my guess is that she's fairly high functioning.
Dat's da suck job!
She obviously got the cheerleader spot as a "favor" and it seems sort of patronizing to her to let her be a cheerleader anyway.
If I were the parents of the girl, I am not sure if I would encourage this honorary cheerleader role anyway... It is sort of embarrassing to her....