In this age of participation trophies and seemingly unending entitlement, it should come as no surprise one New Jersey high school is now allowing anyone on the cheerleading squad.
The revamped policy came after one parent complained because her daughter didn’t make the cut during tryouts at Hanover Park High School, according to News 12 New Jersey.
“All my hard work has been thrown out the window,” angered student Stephanie Krueger said last week during a Board of Education meeting in East Hanover. “I tried my hardest. Now everything is going away all because of one child who did not make the team, and their parent complained.”
The school argued it wants to make the cheerleading team feel more “inclusive,” noting the rule change was a direct result of the mother’s complaint.
The school released a statement in response to the outrage:
In order to facilitate a more inclusive program, the alignment between the various cheerleading squads would be modified to allow all interested students to be able to participate. This decision was made in the best interest of all students and was made to be as inclusive as possible.
When cheerleaders and parents asked the school to scrap the new policy, though, the principal reportedly threatened to do away with the cheer squad altogether because everyone makes the team or no one does.
Cheerleading students who actually had to train and audition for the squad remain peeved.
“I came up here to state that I did not put in 18 months of work to lead up to this moment just to be told it didn’t matter anymore,” sophomore Jada Alcontara said.