Here's What The Teen Cheerleader From That Viral Splits Video Has To Say

Here's What The Teen Cheerleader From That Viral Splits Video Has To Say
Coach Ozell Williams has been placed on leave as school officials and police investigate footage of screaming teen cheerleade.rs being forced to do the splits.


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Denver police detectives spent Thursday evening interviewing cheerleaders at a local high school as part of an investigation into footage of a coach forcing screaming girls into painful splits as it emerged the same coach was fired from another Colorado school for the same conduct.
Four of the East High School cheerleaders also met with a medical examiner on Thursday evening to assess injuries sustained during their training sessions with coach Ozell Williams, according to a parent.
Footage emerged Wednesday of one of the girls, 13-year-old Ally Wakefield, screaming in agony as Williams and her fellow cheerleaders held her in the splits position during a June 6 training session.
"No, no, no, no, no! I can't!" Wakefield cries in the video, which was first published by Denver NBC affiliate KUSA. "Please stop. Please stop. Please stop."
BuzzFeed News has also viewed videos of Williams performing the same forced split on seven other girls at the same training session, as the cheerleaders scream, cry, and swear in pain.
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Wakefield and her mother, Kirsten, told BuzzFeed News on Friday she sustained a torn ligament, a ripped muscle, and a possible pulled hamstring because of the incident.
"It just hurt," Ally said. "I'm not really sure how to describe it. It was the pain you feel when you're convinced your muscles are tearing."
Kirsten Wakefield said her daughter struggled to walk after the forced split and has been seeing a physical therapist.
"She couldn't walk for a couple of days. She was limping and had to borrow my husband's old crutches," Kirsten said.
Six members of the 24-girl squad have now left the cheerleading team, she added.
Coach Williams, assistant coach Mariah Cladis, Principal Andy Mendelsberg, Assistant Principal Lisa Porter, and Denver Public Schools deputy general counsel Michael Hickman have been placed on leave as district officials investigate the incident.
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East High School.
Before he joined East High, Williams was fired from a contract position at Boulder High School in 2016 after he was seen using the forced split technique on students there, an official told BuzzFeed News.
"His services were discontinued when an assistant coach observed him using the technique showed in the [East High] video with students at Boulder High School," said Randy Barber, Boulder High's director of communications.
Boulder High Principal James Hill wrote to parents on Thursday, saying his school was also working with law enforcement and urged any parents "with information" to contact officials.
"Please know that we believe this behavior is not acceptable," Hill wrote.
Ally Wakefield, who attends Denver School of the Arts but joined East High's cheer team as her school lacks a physical education program, said the splits exercise occurred at an intense, week-long summer training camp.
"[Coach Williams] told us we're gonna get our splits and it was a technique that a lot of people use and not to be scared," Ally said.
Observing her fellow cheerleaders being held down in the splits position, Ally pulled out her phone to record footage.
"I started crying before I went up there because I got really scared," she said. "It was just kind of hard to watch the other teammates go through it and know that I would have to."
Ally said Williams asked if she was filming and told her not to show the videos to others or post them on social media. (Williams did not respond to repeated requests for comment, but told the Denver Post the viral footage had been taken out of context: “You can definitely say that what was in the video could be seen in a different light. I would love to tell my story, but I can’t say anything else at this time.”)
On the way home from practice, Ally initially played down the incident, but Kirsten said she was shocked when she saw the footage of her daughter.
"My daughter to proceeded to show me videos while I was driving," Kirsten said. "I just started crying. I actually almost hit a car and ran off the road. I had to pull over and calm down."
"Why would I not be crying? I just saw videos of my daughter and her teammates being tortured and screaming bloody murder like they were being attacked," she added.
Authorities are now looking into the cheer team's training sessions, with police spokesman John White telling BuzzFeed News on Friday, "We have a lot more investigating to do with this incident."
Ally Wakefield.
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Ally Wakefield.
Kirsten and two other mothers of East High cheerleaders told BuzzFeed News they made repeated written and verbal complaints about Coach Williams to the school's athletics director and principal both before and after the splits footage was filmed.
Mom Jenney Rockland told BuzzFeed News she observed Williams try to correct one girl's "bad attitude" by having her stand in a circle and ask her teammates to say things about her they didn't like.
"The girl was sobbing in the middle of this circle," Rockland said. It was extremely disturbing."
Parents said they believe school officials responded slowly to their concerns due to summer vacation, and said officials were keen to let Williams, who was new as a coach, find his footing.
"The principal told me that they would assign a coach or trainer to be placed to oversee practices for Coach Ozell to ensure the safety of our kids," said Cheri Nickolay, whose 14-year-old daughter Anna was on the team. "That was never done. Never was there any oversight put in place."
"They left him alone with out teenage daughters after seeing these videos," she added, "and that's what needs to be answered at this point."
Anna Nickolay quit the team in mid June, unhappy with what her mother described as an abusive environment.
Jenney Rockland's 14-year-old daughter, Shaylen Washut, has also left the team. "As soon as I saw the videos, I wouldn't let her go back to practice," Rockland said.
"I love East High...but what happened this summer was an utter failure and it definitely highlighted a major problem in the athletic department," Rockland said.
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Alex Renteria, media relations manager for Denver Public Schools, said she could not comment on the ongoing investigation into East High officials. She said she expected an update on the probe next week.
In a statement, DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg said they were cooperating with police and had spoken with the parents of every cheerleader. DPS also advised athletic directors across the district the use of forced splits was banned.
"We have sent notification to our athletic directors emphasizing that DPS does not allow the use of 'forced splits' or any other activity that puts a student’s physical or mental health at risk, or in which a student is forced to perform an exercise beyond the point at which they express their desire to stop," Boasberg said. "I want to reiterate that this applies not just to athletics, but throughout our school communities."
The elected members of the Denver Board of Education have also condemned the footage, saying they were "deeply disturbed."
"Challenging our students should never compromise their health and safety, or their personal consent," the representatives said in a statement. "DPS does not and will not tolerate athletic or school cultures or practices that place our students in danger.
The American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrations also said they do not condone Williams' actions.
"Stretching should never be taken to the level of causing pain," the group's executive director, Jim Lord, said in a statement. "Of even more concern is failure to act when it is clear that a cheerleader is in extreme pain and begging to stop."
Ally Wakefield
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Ally Wakefield
After initially being unwilling to give up her beloved cheerleading, Ally Wakefield left the cheer team about two weeks ago.
She said she cringes now when she watches the footage of her being forced to do the splits by her coach.
"I just see myself being abused. I see it for how it is now," she said. "Before I was led to believe it was so normal."

Emma Watson Has Lost A Family Heirloom And Is Begging Fans To Help

Emma Watson Has Lost A Family Heirloom And Is Begging Fans To Help

Emma Watson has pleaded with fans to help her relocate a ring that she's lost, which she considers her "most meaningful and special possession."


The Harry Potter actress took three of her rings off when she visited a London spa at the weekend and put them in a safe. But when she left she forgot to take them out, and now she's devastated they're no longer at the venue.

Emma shared images of the rings on her Facebook page to her 35 million fans, detailing one in particular that she's desperate to get back because her mother gave it to her.



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"Were these just any rings I could accept this, but one of them was a gift from my Mum. She bought it the day after I was born and wore it for 18 years, never taking it off, and then gave it to me for my 18th birthday. I wear this ring everyday, it is my most meaningful and special possession."




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Reward for information leading to the return of rings lost Sunday 16th July at Mandarin Oriental Spa, London.
On Sunday afternoon I went for a treatment at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Spa in Hyde Park, London. Before my appointment I removed 3 silver rings from my fingers and put them in the safe inside the locker. When I left, I forgot to take my rings from the safe. When I got home I realised the rings were not on my hands and I called the spa, but at this time the spa was...
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Her plea reads in full:

Reward for information leading to the return of rings lost Sunday 16th July at Mandarin Oriental Spa, London.
On Sunday afternoon I went for a treatment at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Spa in Hyde Park, London. Before my appointment I removed 3 silver rings from my fingers and put them in the safe inside the locker. When I left, I forgot to take my rings from the safe. When I got home I realised the rings were not on my hands and I called the spa, but at this time the spa was closed. Security checked the safe and said there was nothing in it but that the spa would be open again in the morning and they could speak to them then and see if they had them or if anyone had handed them in.
As of now they are missing. Were these just any rings I could accept this, but one of the them was a gift from my Mum. She bought it the day after I was born and wore it for 18 years, never taking it off, and then gave it to me for my 18th birthday. I wear this ring everyday, it is my most meaningful and special possession.
If anyone was at the Mandarin Oriental Spa on Sunday from 3pm onwards and saw the rings or accidentally picked them up or knows anything about them, I cannot express how much it would mean if they came back to me - no questions asked. If you have seen them or have any information please email: findthering@outlook.com
Thank you,
Emma x

Were you in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Spa in Hyde Park, London on Sunday? You can send any information you have to Emma at findthering@outlook.com – "no questions asked."

17 Tweets That Will Make You feel weird

17 Tweets That Will Make You feel weird






Me: "Man, I can't wait to have kids" Small child: *breathes* Me:


When your phone is dry and you're all alone in public and you see someone u used to talk too





me 24/7: SAVE THE BEES!!!!!! me when a bee comes near me irl:

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me and my mutuals trying to convince god that we're religious at the gates of heaven
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News about Obamacare !! Mitch McConnell Just Wants To Repeal Obamacare Now That Replacing It Won't Happen Anytime Soon

News about Obamacare !! Mitch McConnell Just Wants To Repeal Obamacare Now That Replacing It Won't Happen Anytime Soon
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would now vote on a bill to fully repeal Obamacare, but delay repeal by two years.
Senate Republicans are making a dramatic last-ditch effort to salvage a health care bill after their latest effort was killed on Monday night.
Months of trying for a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare came to an end as Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas announced they would vote against the latest bill. They joined Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a fellow hardcore conservative, and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a moderate, to bring down the bill. Republicans could only lose two senators and have now lost four.
"Regretfully, it now appears that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement.
With little other option, McConnell is now making a last-minute play to pass a so-called "clean" Obamacare repeal bill. The bill would repeal all of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, but delay repeal by two years, effectively setting a hard deadline for Congress to come up with a new plan.
Several Republican senators worried that the current repeal-and-replace plan went too far, both in cutting Medicaid funding and in repealing protections for pre-existing conditions introduced by Obamacare. Even most conservatives agreed that a straight return to the pre-Obamacare days was undesirable. But the two sides could not agree on a path forward.
McConnell was open in saying that for this new plan to succeed, it must first win the support of 50 of 52 Republican senators to agree to proceed to a floor vote.
"In the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care," he said in his statement.
A straight repeal bill could easily be defeated, but it is essentially the last choice for a party that has spent seven years vowing to repeal Obamacare. Republicans passed more than two dozen straight repeal bills under President Obama, knowing they would be vetoed. Once they controlled Congress and the White House that plan proved more difficult.
The healthcare bill Senate leadership was pushing would have cut federal Medicaid spending by about one third over the next two decades, but would have preserved some key Obamacare measures that guaranteed access to health insurance for people with pre-existing health conditions. It would have introduced tax credits that were less robust than the Obamacare subsidies they replaced, but which provided a far wider safety net compared to what existed before the ACA.
A version of the bill barely survived a vote in the House, but could not pass the Senate. Moderates objected to the deep cuts to Medicaid and a potential return to the days when people with pre-existing health conditions faced prohibitively high costs. Conservatives argued that too much of Obamacare was kept in place, in particular the latest bill preserved hundreds of billions of dollars on taxes on the rich in order to pay for health programs.
For seven months, Republicans have struggled to strike a balance between the different wings of their party. Ultimately, that balance failed on Monday night. A straight repeal bill would still need to pass both the Senate and the House.
The latest version Senate health care bill was dead after two new Republican senators announced Monday evening they would vote against it, bringing the total to four. It takes just three "no" votes to kill the bill.
Sens. Lee and Moran, both from the conservative wing of the conference, released statements Monday saying they would not support a motion to put the bill to a vote on the floor.
"After conferring with trusted experts regarding the latest version of the Consumer Freedom Amendment, I have decided I cannot support the current version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act," said the statement from Lee. "In addition to not repealing all of the Obamacare taxes, it doesn't go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families; nor does it create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations."
Moran likewise said that the "closed-door process" did not do enough to address health costs and Republicans shouldn't put a "stamp of approval on bad policy." Paul also opposes the bill based on similar concerns. Collins opposes it chiefly based on cuts to Medicaid and removal of protections for people with pre-existing health conditions.
The development put the GOP leadership's bid to repeal and replace Obamacare in crisis. Unless two of these four senators change their mind, the bill is dead. And other senators who have yet to declare could also end up voting against the bill.
In response to the latest healthcare setback, President Donald Trump told his party to start from scratch.
"Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Health care Plan that will start from a clean slate," he tweeted Monday night, adding "Dems will join in!"
Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!

Over the weekend, McConnell said he would postpone a vote on the health care bill until Sen. John McCain — a yes vote on moving forward with the bill — returned from surgery. McCain issued a statement on Monday calling on leadership to have Congress "return to regular order" and work with Democrats on a revised health care bill.

Most recently, GOP leadership rewrote the bill to keep hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Obamacare taxes on the rich and directed them to health spending in a bid to win over moderates.

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