After parents sounded off about their daughters not making the cut to an elite cheerleadering team, the New Jersey high school decided to abolish the tryout system in favor of more inclusivity.
What: The Hanover Park High School's top-tier cheerleading team, "Black Squad," was known as competitive and highly selective, according to
In May, the school board confirmed a plan to make the cheer team "more inclusive" by abolishing tiers altogether. Instead of merit, the teams will be divided by age groups (Black Squad would be grades 11-12).
Many former cheerleaders lamented the decision.
What happens when a parent complains about her daughter not making the cheerleading team? — ᗩᑭᑭᒪE ᑭIE (@MagaApplePie) May 8, 2018
School makes new rule allowing anyone to be on team
I was a cheerleader in HS &
this is what I have to say:
GIMME A ‘B’
GIMME AN ‘O’
GIMME AN ‘O’pic.twitter.com/hDPYzs1W0I
“I was head cheerleader and my sister didn’t make it," Amy Rega, who graduated Hanover Park in 2003, told CBS New York. "My mom said, ‘You better get to work.'"
Others mocked the abdication of standards.
This just in. Hanover Park High School has implemented a new grading system. Every student will make an A or no one will. Administration stated “We want to be all inclusive. It’s not fair to the lazy students who don’t want to do their homework or study”— RTR (@crimsonclassics) May 8, 2018
While some supported it.