Two cheerleaders were booted off their squad after they took photos of themselves, sent them to their boyfriends and the school district found out about it. Read more of the story below.
The cheerleaders, who are not being identified because they are minors, attend Bothell High School in Bothell, Washington. One of the photos in question was snapped three years ago and was sent to her boyfriend at that time. The other was taken this past June. Both pics were sent via text message. The Northshore School District were made aware of the photos in August and suspended one teen for 30 days off the squad and the other was booted off the entire year.
Now the parents have filed lawsuits against Northshore School District and claim that the due process rights of the girls were violated. Additionally, the parents claim the district should not have shared the pics with other members of the staff and should have reported the incident to police as a likely case of child pornography.
The attorney for both families, Matthew King, feels it is unfair that the teens were punished and no disciplinary action was taken against the students who received the photos via text and forwarded them on to others. Oh, I must add, the girls thought that the photos were deleted and “accidentally” sent them to the football team. Hmmm.
“We’re not technically challenging the sanctions as being too strict, we’re saying they weren’t evenly enforced across the school,” said King. “There should have been some punishment meted out to those who were in possession of the photos. … It seems like the girls are getting the brunt of it.”