An upcoming generation is giving new definition to the word “entitlement” and some aren’t embarrassed to bring their lawyers into the mix if they don’t get their way.
A parent of a Florida
princess teen is threatening to sue their school because she didn’t make the cheerleading squad.
Even 10 years ago, this would have had a saner world laughing hysterically, but in today’s world… watch out. This kind of thing could very well lead to the elimination of tryouts all together, meaning anyone and everyone would be accepted on teams and squads to make if “fair.”
But, I digress.
For now, Caylen Berry, the school’s head cheerleading coach is sticking her guns.
“They should not put an athlete on the team that doesn’t deserve to be on the team,” Berry told the Tallahassee Democrat. “A decision like this would question my integrity as a professional. It also questions the entire legitimacy of tryouts and cheerleading as a sport.”
Berry has been coaching for eight years, and it’s her second year at the high school which is part of the Leon County district. Berry says she refuses to have something like this incident “stain her career.”
“Stain her career?” Berry has the opportunity to become a beacon of common sense, an example for all students who know her to understand why everyone is not entitled to the prize.
It must be earned.
But not according to school administrators who are contemplating changing the rules, apparently to avoid a lawsuit. Several district schools have overturned the cheerleading selection process, bypassing coaches, in similar situations, the Democrat reported.
This time, however, it may be a different story. Berry and several cheerleaders have said they will quit, should the girl threatening to sue be successful in forcing herself on the award-winning team.
According to Berry, the girl threatening legal action fell twice during the same tumbling routine and was ranked too low for a place on the squad, the Democrat reported. Berry also said that she is not the only soon-to-be senior who didn’t make the team.
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