Two cheerleaders sue Missouri school over discipline

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 | 11:22 a.m. CST; updated 1:33 p.m. CST, Tuesday, December 28, 2010

SENECA — Two cheerleaders have sued a southwest Missouri high school district after being removed from the squad over alleged cyber-bullying.

The cheerleaders filed a federal lawsuit against the Seneca school district, seven school board members, Superintendent Rick Cook and principal Tosha Fox. They are seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.

The cheerleaders, who are not identified in the lawsuit, allege their constitutional rights were violated when they were taken off the squad. The Newton County Sheriff's Department investigated the allegations of cyber-bullying, and no charges were filed.

Both plaintiffs also claim they have suffered from alienation from fellow students and cheerleaders.

The district's attorney, Tom Mickes, told The Joplin Globe that several court rulings have found that extracurricular activities are not protected by the Constitution.


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Perry Mace December 28, 2010 | 12:59 p.m.

It seem it is some, those of the Missouri Bar; even that of judges; and those in our public educational system;that wish/want to suppress/bar our Constitutional Rights; Yet, extracurricular activities or not, our Constitutional Rights are not to be "abridged"; Go Get em, Tigers; Alleluia, Amen

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