Being a High School Cheerleader is Wrong…
If You’re a Boy
Making the cheerleading team was a dream come true for 14-year-old Brandon Urbas.
Being the only male cheerleader on the squad at his high school, he has received nothing but support from classmates, including the football team which makes sure there’s no trouble.
But trouble did come when his cheerleading team took part in a recent competition against other Michigan high schools.
Brandon’s team was disqualified when the result sheets were posted. His coach said it was because males were not allowed to compete.
According to the Michigan High School Athletic Association said “Boys may not participate on a girls team in MHSAA sponsored postseason meets and tournaments. Schools have adopted this position to preserve participation opportunities for the historically underrepresented gender.” While that rule applies, girls are allowed to participate in a boys team if there isn’t a female equivalent .
It is also unclear why the team was even able to compete in the first place with a male cheerleader if it violated state rules.
“I cried,” said Brandon. “I felt like they were taking away my dream of being able to do it in college and getting scholarships.”
Brandon is allowed to still cheer at games, but not competitively against other schools.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association says it has no plans to revise the rules.
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