A high school in New Jersey has passed a new rule when it comes to cheerleading, either everyone makes the squad or no one does at all.
After cheerleading tryouts at Hanover Park High School were held on April 13, as usual when it comes to trying out not everyone made the team.
When a parent complained about their child not being allowed on the team the athletic director changed the policy to allow anyone who wants to be on the team to join, according to News 12.
However, this new rule did not sit well with other cheerleaders, even some parents told News 12 that they sent letters to the principal and athletic director complaining about the policy — this led to the principle threatening to stop cheerleading altogether.
10 members of the squad, backed by their parents, came to ask the board to reverse the policy so that team members are forced to earn their spot through hard work and tryouts.
“I came up here to state that I did not put in 18 months of work to lead up to this moment, just to be told it didn’t matter anymore,” said sophomore Jada Alcontara.
“In order to facilitate a more inclusive program, the alignment between the various cheerleading squads would be modified to allow all interested students to be able to participate. This decision was made in the best interest of all students and was made to be as inclusive as possible,” said the school board in a statement.
The board is set to discuss the matter and make a decision at a later date.