Memorial High School officials say disciplinary action has been taken after allegations of hazing at an out-of-town cheerleading camp.
14 News found out about the incident through a letter that was sent to the station and apparently several households as well. The letter claims upperclassmen on the Memorial High School cheerleading squad hazed underclassmen girls while away at the UCA Varsity Cheerleading Camp. The letter also alleges the students and victims who came forward now continue to be bullied in school.
The letter is addressed to "Members of the Evansville Community"and says cheerleaders were hazed for hours, told if they didn't participate they would be kicked off the squad. The letter says some girls were even brought to tears and the incidents continued. The letter also says coaches endorsed the behavior and told the girls at practice the next day not to report the hazing to anyone.
Mitchell, a mother herself, says if she would have been advised of the situation she would have reported it. She also says all of the parents have her contact information, and if they had a concern could have contacted her directly.
She also said she was disappointed the person who wrote the letter did so anonymously.
"I deny claims and the letter against me and my coaching staff. If hazing happened during my watch, I would not have condoned it, and if I had been advised of the situation that took place, I would have immediately reported it to the athletic director. It is unfortunate and disappointing to me that the person who wrote the letter didn't sign it. All of the parents have my contact information and if they had a concern could have contacted me directly to discuss those concerns."
"As for the particular details in the letter as to my involvement, I just a few hours ago met with the athletic director and he informed me that not one individual or student implicated me or my coaching staff in having knowledge, condoning, or consenting to the alleged incident at cheer camp.
"We talked a few minutes ago and discussed point by point accusations in the letter, and every case the athletic director confirms that their investigation concluded that neither my coaching staff or myself had knowledge, or involvement in promoting the alleged occurrences."
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