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Person claiming to have been at cheer camp speaks out about alleged hazing

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As an annual tradition, team members from the Memorial cheer squad participated in the UCA Cheer Camp this year June 22th through the 25th at the University of Tennessee. As an annual tradition, team members from the Memorial cheer squad participated in the UCA Cheer Camp this year June 22th through the 25th at the University of Tennessee.

A person who claims to have been at the cheer camp where an alleged hazing took place speaks out to 14 News.

We first found out about the possible hazing allegations through a letter sent to the station, but this is the first time we've heard from someone at the cheer camp who says hazing did happen near the end of June at the University of Tennessee, it involved Memorial high School girls.

As an annual tradition, team members from the Memorial cheer squad participated in the UCA Cheer Camp this year June 22th through the 25th at the University of Tennessee.

A person there during the camp says all 30 cheerleaders participated in hazing.

"They felt that they had to," that person said.

The person who attended cheer camp says a letter sent to 14 News describing the hazing incident is accurate, saying girls were matched up, seniors with freshman and juniors with sophomores. The upperclassmen hazing the underclassmen.

The person whose identity we are protecting says girls were locked in a dorm room for three hours, humiliated, some brought to tears. One even wetting herself with fear and embarrassment.

"The level of nudity varied by girl to girl, down to taking off their shirts, to their sports bras, underwear. Same with the junior girl, who the lap dances were given on, was declothed down to her bra and spankies and there may have been some fondling involved."

The person says when they went to tell the now former head coaches, Jill Mitchell and Kim Schmidt. After the incident happened, they were told it was a Memorial High School tradition.

"This was a bonding experience that would keep them closer together."

Mitchell and Schmidt deny the claims.
 
Our source tells us, the upperclassmen aren't denying the incident happened, but say they were told by the coaches they had to participate to keep their place on the squad.

The person we spoke to says they hope others will now come forward.

"I hope more people come forward and that this is not secret and swept under the rug."

The school released a statement to parents yesterday afternoon saying they do not tolerate any inappropriate behavior.

The school also asked all three coaches to resign last Friday and says some students have been disciplined as well.

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