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Boy Says Cheer Skirts Led to Impure Thoughts. Then It Got Messy

Cheerleaders at Timpview High School say they were told not to wear them

(Newser) - The message from cheerleaders at Utah's Timpview High School is a less than cheerful one: "I kind of felt like it's the school almost supporting a rape culture," a cheerleader tells Fox 13 . The girls say the situation began when a male student complained to a... More »

Girl Cut From Cheer Squad Threatens to Sue

School district will decide whether to put her on team

(Newser) - A Florida student is threatening to sue Leon County Schools … because she was cut from her high school cheerleading team. Caylen Berry, head coach of the Leon High School cheer squad—which finished second in the state last season and will compete in Orlando's National High School Cheerleading... More »

The Grown Woman Who Joined a School Cheer Team

Wendy Brown stole her daughter's identity to realize a long-lost dream

(Newser) - The Atlantic sat down with a woman who, at the age of 33, stole her daughter's identity in order to live out her fantasy of being a high-school cheerleader. Wendy Brown's story made headlines back in 2008; now she explains what she was thinking when she walked into... More »

University Tells Would-Be Cheerleaders How to Look

University of Washington infographic goes over like a ton of bricks

(Newser) - Newsflash: Cheerleaders should not sport ponytails. This according to a now-pulled infographic posted to Facebook by the University of Washington cheerleading team on Monday. It was ostensibly a guide for would-be Huskies, as cheerleader tryouts begin Friday. Instead, the list of Dos and Don'ts—which specified that "nude... More »

Jets Cheerleaders Score $325K Settlement

Their hourly wage was about $3.77

(Newser) - A New Jersey court on Wednesday gave the Flight Crew—aka the New York Jets cheerleaders—something to cheer about: a $325,000 settlement of the class-action lawsuit filed in 2014 by a cheerleader identified as Krystal C., CNNMoney reports. That amounts to each of the 52 cheerleaders getting $2,... More »

California Has Its First Transgender Cheerleader

Anry Fuentes makes history

(Newser) - Anry Fuentes seems to be finding more acceptance on her cheerleading squad than she did at home. At 18, Anry has made history by becoming the only transgender cheerleader in California and one of very few across the nation, the Daily Beast reports. "People are scared of what they... More »

Ex-NFL Cheerleader to Spend Weekends in Jail for Rape

Molly Shattuck will spend alternating weekends behind bars

(Newser) - Two months after pleading guilty to the rape of a 15-year-old boy , former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck was today sentenced to 48 weekends in jail—to be served on alternating weekends over two years beginning the first weekend in September, report NBC News and the Baltimore Sun . A Delaware... More »

Guy Who Created Modern Cheerleading Is Dead

Lawrence Herkimer even patented pompoms

(Newser) - One of the day's most interesting obituaries is that of 89-year-old Lawrence Herkimer , who pretty much created modern cheerleading as we know it, reports the New York Times . Herkimer, known as the "grandfather of cheerleading" and "Mr. Cheerleader," actually patented pompoms—he thought they'd look... More »

Former NFL Cheerleader Pleads Guilty to Rape

Molly Shattuck faces a judge in Delaware

(Newser) - A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader pleaded guilty yesterday to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Delaware last summer. Wearing a pained and anxious expression as the entered the courtroom, Molly Shattuck, 48, told a judge she understood that her plea to a single felony count of... More »

Ex-NFL Cheerleader Accused of Rape Now Divorced

Molly and Mayo Shattuck, married 17 years, have lived apart for more than a year

(Newser) - The former Ravens cheerleader charged with raping a 15-year-old boy is now officially divorced. Molly and Mayo Shattuck, married for 17 years, have lived apart for more than a year, reports the Baltimore Sun ; the couple filed for divorce on Sept. 29, a judge signed the final order on Nov.... More »

Ex-NFL Cheerleader Accused of Raping Teen

Mother of 3 allegedly performed oral sex on oldest son's classmate

(Newser) - Molly Shattuck, estranged wife of Constellation Energy CEO Mayo A. Shattuck III and a lifestyle guru who was once the oldest cheerleader in the NFL, was arrested in Delaware yesterday and charged with third-degree rape, unlawful sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy, and providing alcohol to minors, reports the News ... More »

Girl Run Over While Sunbathing in Driveway Dies

Her sister didn't see her when she opened the garage door and backed up

(Newser) - Marli Hamblin was simply and tragically in the wrong place at the wrong time. The 15-year-old laid out on a blanket in her family's driveway in Syracuse, Utah, to sunbathe Friday, listening to her iPod through headphones, when her older sister, who did not know she was there, opened... More »

Mom of 2, Age 40, Makes NFL Cheerleader

Kriste Lewis was inspired to try out by her kidney disease

(Newser) - Finally, a nice story about cheerleading in the NFL : Kriste Lewis is a 40-year-old mother of two who has a debilitating kidney disease that will ultimately require dialysis and a kidney transplant ... and she's also one of the newest cheerleaders for the New Orleans Saints. Her diagnosis inspired Lewis... More »

North Korea's New Charm Offensive: Cheerleaders

Country promises they will 'melt the frozen North-South relations'

(Newser) - If you're keeping score at home, you can ratchet your North Korean hostility-o-meter down a notch. Pyongyang has just announced that it will send a cheerleading squad along with its athletes to this year's Asian Games in South Korea for the first time since 2005, the BBC reports.... More »

Guess How Little Jets Cheerleaders Get Paid

$3.77 per hour, according to lawsuit

(Newser) - The latest lawsuit from an NFL cheerleader details a familiar-sounding pay scale: Members of the Jets' "Flight Crew" make what amounts to $3.77 an hour, says a former dancer with the squad. The woman identified as Krystal C. tells the New York Post that the cheerleaders make $150... More »

NFL Cheerleaders Have It Bad—Seriously

Catherine Rampell explains why

(Newser) - NFL cheerleaders have been raising quite a ruckus lately about their awful working conditions —and though maybe some of you might find "it's hard to have too much sympathy" for these "pretty, perfectly proportioned, and popular" women, we really should, writes Catherine Rampell in the Washington ... More »

Ex-Cheerleaders Sue Bills Over Pay, Hygiene Rules

They face 'jiggle tests,' are told 'how to wash intimate areas': Suit

(Newser) - Five former cheerleaders are taking the Buffalo Bills to court, saying they were paid less than minimum wage and subjected to disturbing physical scrutiny. The Bills "exploited the women by failing to pay them in accordance with New York State minimum wage laws," the lawsuit, which also targets... More »

Another NFL Cheerleader Suit: Bengals Pay Peanuts

Alexa Brenneman says she made $2.85 per hour during the 2013 season

(Newser) - Another cheerleader is suing an NFL franchise for paying her what amounts to peanuts. Alexa Brenneman of the Cincinnati Bengals' Ben-Gals squad says she earned just $2.85 an hour during the 2013 season, her first. Her suit, filed Tuesday, notes that's nowhere close to Ohio's $7.... More »

Ex-NFL Cheerleader Details Harsh Requirements

Baltimore Ravens can't gain any weight, and must make sure to stay tan

(Newser) - In case the story of the Raiderette who only makes $5 an hour wasn't enough to convince you that NFL cheerleading is not a great career path, Deadspin talks to a former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader who makes the job sound even worse—and passed along a "Rules and... More »

High School Really Sorry About 'Trail of Tears' Taunt

Attempt to intimidate rival Alabama high school was dismal failure

(Newser) - A central Alabama high school's principal yesterday explained that the person tasked with approving all football banners is out on maternity leave. And so this is what happened at McAdory High School in McCalla on Friday in her absence: The cheerleading squad made a massive "bust-thru" sign designed... More »

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