Cheerleader Screams As Teammates Force Her Into Split (VIDEO)

Cheerleader Screams As Teammates Force Her Into Split (VIDEO)

“(CNN) Denver police launched an investigation this week after a video from a high school cheerleading practice surfaced that the superintendent called "extremely distressing."

In the video, a teenage girl's face contorts in pain as she performs a split by extending her legs in opposite directions while sitting on the floor. An adult appears to be pushing her down and other girls hold her arms, apparently to prevent her from breaking out of the split. The girl cries, repeatedly asking them to "please stop."

The investigation of cheer practice at East High School will involve child abuse detectives, police said. Nobody has been charged.

Denver Public Schools announced five employees had been placed on leave -- East High Principal Andy Mendelsberg, Assistant Principal Lisa Porter, Cheer Coach Ozell Williams, Assistant Cheer Coach Mariah Cladis and school system Deputy General Counsel Michael Hickman.

None of them replied when CNN reached out to them for comment on Thursday.

Williams was quoted in the Denver Post as saying the video is being taken out of context.”

Read more here: http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/25/us/denv...
 

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