In Texas You Must Cheer Your Rapist!

I’m not sure we ever blogged about the case of a Texas cheerleader who got kicked off  the cheerleading squad for not cheering for her convicted assailant. Well, we should have, and I’m going to mention it now that it’s taken a final turn for the worse.

Here’s the background: a 16-year-old cheerleader in Silsbee, Texas, said she was sexually assaulted by a star of her high school football team at a party. The next year, at a basketball game, her alleged rapist — who also plays basketball — took a free throw. The cheerleader refused to cheer for him. She was kicked off her team for it.

She and her parents sued school officials and the school district for infringing on her freedom of speech (or in this case, her freedom to not cheer for her convicted attacker). They lost in September, 2010 before one of the more conservative courts in the country.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review the case. Now the ex-cheerleader and her parents must pay $45,000 for their “frivolous” suit.

Meanwhile, the alleged rapist plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge against the cheerleader in Sept. 2010 and received a suspended sentence.

And how does this make us all feel?

I know! Me too!

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

2 thoughts on “In Texas You Must Cheer Your Rapist!”

  1. Uhhh… I didn’t read any of your links, but do they explain why the dude wasn’t in jail and not making free throws?

  2. Ahh, well wearing that slutty cheerleading uniform she was clearly asking for it, right?

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