The school’s principal and cheer coach have been placed on leave.
Denver police are investigating an incident at a local high school after a video emerged of a teen cheerleader screaming as she is forced into splits.
The footage shows Ally Wakefield being held down by her fellow East High School cheerleaders and coach at a June training camp as she screams in pain.
“No, no, no, no, no! I can’t!” she cries. “Please stop. Please stop. Please stop.”
Wakefield and her mother, Kirsten, were not immediately available for interviews. The teen said she would speak with BuzzFeed News later on Thursday.
However, KUSA published an email sent from the mother to the school's athletic director on June 15, stating that her daughter injured her leg from the incident:
I have attached a video of the forced splits she and her other team members were forced to do at cheerleading camp and practices; unless they had a doctor's note. This is how Ally injured her leg.
My husband and I would like to know what the administration is going to do about my daughter's injury and how it happened.