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Guilford County Cheer Coaches Resign Amid Controversy

The resignation came after a grievance was filed with the district earlier this year. Guilford County Schools could not say what the grievance was about.

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Three coaching staff members from Southwest Middle School's cheerleading squad resigned Friday, according to a Guilford County Schools official.

The resignation came after a grievance was filed with the district earlier this year. GCS could not say what the grievance was about, but says there is an interim coach leading the team.

The coaching staff members who resigned were not part of GCS faculty.

One parent tells WFMY News 2 the coaches told them they resigned because they were told to take back players who previously had not made the team.

"When do we draw the line and say rules and rules and try again next time?" asks Elizabeth Meeks, who has a daughter on the team.

Meeks and two other parents tell WFMY News 2 they were called to a meeting at Southwest Guilford Middle School Monday night to learn the coaches had resigned. They say they weren't given a reason from school leaders, but learned through word of mouth it was over the tryout controversy.

Meeks is worried what sort of message this might send to kids.

"In the skinny of it, it sets a bad precedent because it teaches our children that they don't have to work hard and if parents grumble enough they will be able to get their child on a team when they shouldn't be," she says.

She and some other parents agree the sport also involves tumbling, stunts and other moves that require skill so team decisions could boil down to safety.

The district says they are still in the process of addressing that grievance, but again, could not say what exactly it was.

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