published Monday, August 1st, 2011

Ooltewah cheerleaders' lawsuit dismissed

Three girls kicked off Ooltewah High School's cheerleading squad last fall for underage drinking were not deprived of their constitutional rights or victims of sex discrimination, a federal court judge ruled Monday.

In a 25-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice dismissed a lawsuit filed by the girls' parents against the Hamilton County Department of Education, Ooltewah Principal Mark Bean and cheerleading coach Kelly Peterson in December.

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Oz said...

Ooltewah Principal Mark Bean and cheerleading coach Kelly Peterson should be commended for their actions. This a shining example of the crap educators have to put up with. The parents should have taught their daughters about "consequences for their actions" instead of.... Don't worry. Mommy and Daddy will sue. It's OK to drink. We are your best friends. We're not parents.

August 1, 2011 at 7:50 p.m.
Watt said...

Way to go! Its good to know that irresponsible parenting will not be reinforced. Thanks to Mr. Bean for having standards and sticking to his guns!

August 1, 2011 at 7:56 p.m.
Stewwie said...

I agree with the comments above.

If you make poor choices, you have to suffer the consequences. I guess the parents wanted to pretend that's not how it is.

August 1, 2011 at 9:01 p.m.
ceeweed said...

The tough lesson these girls should have learned was circumvented by their idiot parents who brought this suit. They should be made to pay all of the county's court cost. To the parents, please don't waste another opportunity to teach your daughters that with choices come consequences. To the girls, a little humility is not a bad thing, it strengthens character.

August 1, 2011 at 9:53 p.m.
Myopinion said...

If I had participated in underage drinking when I was in high school, the very last thing my parents would have done was sue the school. I would have been grounded for 1,000 years (or least it would have felt that way). Us old folks were taught to accept responsibility for our actions, something that seems sadly lacking today.

August 1, 2011 at 11:22 p.m.
esaletnik said...

If it was the star quarterback, star running back and star wide receiver for the football team arrested then I'll bet they would still be on the team.

more detail here

August 2, 2011 at 8:50 a.m.
user_name said...

It doesn't matter what might or might not have happened to football players, ROTC members, or even band members. If the cheerleaders and their parents agreed to the cheerleading charter at the start of the season, they should be fully prepared to be held to the standards of it at any given time, at the sole discretion of the faculty sponsor, with complete support from the administration.

Kelly Peterson & Mark Bean did the right thing! Good for them that they did not let litigious threats sway their decision! Other schools could learn from this.

August 2, 2011 at 9:29 a.m.
ABCDEFG said...

DOES ANYONE KNOW THE TRUE STORY? THE TRUTH WAS NOT REFLECTED IN THIS ARTICLE. 7 CHEERLEADERS WENT TO THIS PARTY ALONG WITH APPROX 25 OTHER OHS STUDENTS. 2 CHEERLEADERS LEFT WITH OTHER PEOPLE AND WERE LATER CHARGED W/DUA. THE 2 THAT WERE ARRESTED TOOK THIER PUNISHMENT. PETERSON KNEW SHE COULDNT COMPETE WITHOUT THEM SO SHE WAS DETERMINED TO KICK OFF OTHERS SO SHE COULD GET OUT OF COMPETITION.... MRS PETERSON ALLOWED CHEER-LEADERS WHO WERE IN UNIFORM PARTICIPATING IN A FUND RAISER AND GOT CAUGHT SHOP-LIFTING ON TAPE REMAIN ON HER SQUAD. SHE HAS ALSO BEEN AWARE OF PAST MIS-CONDUCT AND DID NOTHING....SO YEA HATS OFF TO THE CHEER COACH...MR BEAN WAS MANIPULATED BY MRS PETERSON. SHE LIED UNDER OATH SO IM SURE SHE HAD NO PROBLEM LYING TO MR BEAN

August 2, 2011 at 3:58 p.m.
lalala said...

The cheerleaders involved were not tramps, or stupid, and their parents did nothing wrong by taking the school to court. I've known these girls my whole life through school and cheerleading. The two arrested recieved their punishment, however, it was none of the schools business to investigate further as to whom else was attending the party that night. Although, there was one cheerleader who did not recieve punishment or get kicked off; she and her mother informed Mrs.Peterson of the arrests and other girls drinking. And on that note, the girls' parents are EXCELLENT role models and have raised their children to be outstanding young ladies. DO NOT go around pretending you didn't do the same things when you were in high school. Also, do not judge them for things that your very own children have done. You're clearly just oblivious.

August 3, 2011 at 2:23 p.m.
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