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    Girl with no arms and legs says cheerleading try-out is unfair

    Girl with no arms and legs says cheerleading try-out is unfair after she fails to make school squad

    By John Stevens
    July 13, 2011

    A Nebraska girl born with no arms and legs has blamed unfair scoring after she failed to make her school's cheerleading squad three years in a row.

    Julia Sullivan, 16, has complained to the school board after she said she was given 'no accommodation for her disability' during try-outs.

    The wheelchair user did not make the team after she received a low score in the jumps/kicks category of the trials.

    Miss Sullivan got her highest marks in the communication skills and enthusiasm/spirit categories.

    The Aurora High School student, who said that she likes to dance, said: "I just think it would be fun."

    Miss Sullivan told the Omaha World-Herald that she had practiced for the try-outs with her older sister, who is a former cheerleader.

    She had worked out ways that she could cheer from her wheelchair, including spinning around.

    Miss Sullivan and her parents, Mike and Carolyn Sullivan, asked the school board to correct what they see as 'scoring errors' in her try-out.

    They complained that the school had broken the Americans with Disabilities Act and other discrimination laws.

    On Monday, the board declined to take up the matter after reviewing the district's policies with its lawyers and seeking a second legal opinion.

    Aurora superintendent Damon McDonald said: "In both cases, they came back and said the Aurora Public Schools policies and guidelines are appropriate and legitimate for all students."

    He told the World-Herald that he does not believe that they violated the disabilities act and that making accommodations "would fundamentally alter the cheerleading program."

    Mike Sullivan said he was frustrated by the outcome.

    "For us, it's the basic principle," he told the World-Herald. "Any handicapped child in Nebraska could be kept out of activities."

    Miss Sullivan, who has no legs and arms that stop short of her elbows, has already overcome her disability to become a member of the school's marching band.

    She hangs a cymbal from her wheelchair, which she operates with one arm and hits the cymbal with a stick attached to the other.

    She took dance lessons for ten years, sitting on the floor with shoes placed on her arms so that she could tap rhythms on the floor.

    From Dailymail.co.uk

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    At first glance, I thought this was absurd or a joke, but on further consideration where would the harm be for the school board to allow the girl to wear a cheering outfit and participate as she's able -- spinning in her chair and cheering along with the other girls?

    Sadly, I bet it just either a) creeps someone out or b) is an example of a stubborn school board member refusing to change the status quo or reinvent what's considered normal.

    Again, you almost can't help but laugh or at least... blink to hear or read someone -- anyone -- dispute a ruling or judgment that a girl with no legs would get low marks or, hey, a zero score for, yeah, kicking and jumping, but accommodations could be made.

    The girl and her cheerleader sister already thought of some simple changes to what is typically defined as cheering.

    And you can bet that if this child had been a cheerleader who lost her arms and legs in an accident, that the school board members would be bending over backwards to get her in a cheering jersey and wheel her out on the playing field to the applause of her classmates and family members.

    What are your thoughts?

    Idiotic or possible?

    Give the girl a chance to participate in her own way or maintain what's traditionally recognized as cheerleading?

    Pics ASAP. I'm posting this from my phone.
    Last edited by Curt James; 07-15-2011 at 02:01 PM.

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    The wheelchair user did not make the team after she received a low score in the jumps/kicks category of the trials.
    oh god
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    this dumb [expletive deleted]. lawsuit is imminent. this world is full of [expletive deleted] and PC [expletive deleted]. [expletive deleted], you can do it, dont be a [expletive deleted].
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    That's messed up!

    She may not have any arms or legs, but she obviously has school spirit just to try out.

    Way to go school for displaying your discriminating ways, it's high school for god sakes!

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    Thumbs up

    she could be the mouth piece for them with the horn.


    couldn't come up with anything else

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightowl View Post
    she could be the mouth piece for them with the horn.


    couldn't come up with anything else

    or that girl they throw up in the air, could you imagine
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    If the girl was cut along with ten other girls then I'd almost tend to agree with the school board.

    They can't have 1,000 girls and boys on the sidelines cheering at games, right?

    Still, I believe it's reasonable to make the attempt or expect a small allowance given her disability.

    IronAddict, I'd call it discrimination, too. You're right -- it's high school! This isn't a pro sports team.

    Nightowl, a perfect solution. If they can hang an instrument from her chair to allow her to be part of the band then they could do the same to let her have a spot on the cheering squad.
    Last edited by Curt James; 07-19-2011 at 10:51 AM.

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    hahaha any pic's of this girl?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flexxthese View Post
    or that girl they throw up in the air, could you imagine
    Or a replacement for lost or stolen soccer balls!

    Can you imagine, her being kicked and yelling, GGGOOOOAAAALl!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenj View Post
    this dumb [expletive deleted]. lawsuit is imminent. this world is full of [expletive deleted] and PC [expletive deleted]. [expletive deleted], you can do it, dont be a [expletive deleted].
    Sorry Curt Old Boy, I thought this was anything goes. my apologies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenj View Post
    Sorry Curt Old Boy, I thought this was anything goes. my apologies.
    Benj, it takes a great big man to apologize.

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    flexxthese, I imagine she'd be more aerodynamic.

    jimmy93, pics ASAP. The original article has at least two shots of the child. I'm posting from my phone. Just easier to post pics from my laptop.

    IronAddict, you iz goin to HAIL, son.

    (Don't worry, I'll get us a table at the bar.)

    Big Ben, no [expletive deleted] worries. I prefer a few [expletive deleted] choice words in a [expletive deleted] conversation, my own [expletive deleted] self.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronAddict View Post
    Or a replacement for lost or stolen soccer balls!

    Can you imagine, her being kicked and yelling, GGGOOOOAAAALl!
    oh it hurts! Someone should offer her a spot on the swim team
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    At some point common sense must prevail and she must realize her short comings in life.

    She could beat the drums in band with her head, I mean hell if Def Lepard had a one arm drummer why not? Even Don Brewer used his head on the snare...

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    Her father?

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