Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cheerleading Coach Fired

One rant, probably not the first, got her fired:
As first reported by Houston TV network KPRC (and brought to Prep Rally's attention by the folks at Larry Brown Sports), the Cypress Woods (Texas) High cheerleading coach is no longer in charge of the program after a recording emerged on which she called her team "highfalutin heifers."

"Who do you think you all are?" the coach said in the recording. "Highfalutin heifers. You can just come and go as you please. Fire me!"

The "heifers" line was part of a much longer screed the coach made against her team, with the cheerleader who recorded the rant claiming it was just one of a number of aggressive rants the coach had launched against the team. Her name has not been released because she is not facing any criminal charges in the rant, even if it might be concerning that she would deem it appropriate to compare impressionable young women to female cattle.

Name-calling isn't the best approach to take when dealing with students, but I have a hard time getting upset over "highfalutin heifers". I've heard much worse!

And, "I'm sorry, dumplings, but your behavior just isn't meeting standards" is too silly to contemplate. Some middling ground?


Anonymous said...

Good Lord, she wasn't FIRED, she stepped down from the position. Get your facts straight.

Darren said...

Wow, get your panties in a bunch much? Heck, the linked article's title said she was "removed". If there's an error, it's reasonable to call me on it, but let's not be a jerk in doing so.

Ellen K said...

I would agree that namecalling is not productive. Having said that, I will also say that while there are exceptions, The Woodlands is a very wealthy area where these girls probably have had years of gymnastics and cheer coaching before they ever reached high school. Many of these girls come to the program with a distinct sense of entitlement. They think they are fashion models and princesses and resent any sort of obligation or expectation on their behavior as school representatives and student leaders. Some of the most appalling and rude students I have had were cheerleaders. Not all of them, but enough of them to make me think it's part of the aura.