Pay to play allegations fuel probe of Broward HS cheerleader program; Parents, staff quizzed

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBulldog.org 

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School cheerleaders Photo: Jordan Feinberg

Disputes over pay to play, bullying, fraud and safety have erupted around the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School cheerleading program and have led to an investigation by Broward County Schools.

In the past few weeks, Special Investigative Unit agents have interviewed parents and Stoneman Douglas staff regarding the program and booster club, including a complaint the club has broken county rules by collecting tens of thousands of dollars from parents as a requirement to be a cheerleader at the Parkland high school.

The investigation came after complaints that Principal Washington Collado repeatedly ignored problems in the program, parents say.  At Stoneman Douglas, Collado gave the parent-run booster club much of the responsibility of outfitting the team and arranging travel to tournaments apparently in violation of school system

When one parent complained twice, Collado told her she was “disruptive” and banned her indefinitely from the campus.

“We found there is no point talking to that principal. He will do nothing,” said Tammy Tornari, a Parkland mother who was the first parent to complain about the Eagles Cheerleading Booster Club.

She questioned a demand by the club for more than $2,000 in order for her two children to participate in cheerleading. The school has about 30 cheerleaders.

Collado declined comment on the investigation and referred all questions to Tracy Clark, the school system’s chief information officer.

“We are aware of the allegations at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland,” Clark said in an e-mail to Broward Bulldog. “We are currently investigating the allegations. As such, we cannot comment on investigations that are in progress. Pending the completion of the investigation, the District will take appropriate action. We take all allegations of bullying, fraud and mishandling of funds seriously.”

State-certified law enforcement officers run the Special Investigative Unit.

Eagles Cheerleading Booster Club President Joy Kelley said that in response to the complaints and investigation, the organization has been disbanded, with the financial records and left over money turned over to the school.

“Everything was done properly and for the girls,” Kelly said. “They will see that every dime is account for. Everybody was working for the girls except for a few women. “

When asked about the specific allegations involving the cheerleading program, Kelly said, “The truth will come out when the investigation is completed. We are cooperating. Nothing was done wrong. They talk about bullying.  The bullying was done by those three or four women.”

PAY TO PLAY INVESTIGATED

Complaints started in the late fall shortly after parents began getting bombarded with invoices from the booster club. When parents questioned the bills of more than $1,000-a-student to participate in cheerleading, they say the management of the booster club rebuffed them.

Tornari said the costs didn’t add up.

“They said the costs were for uniforms, radios, a mat,” she said. “They couldn’t really even tell us anything beyond that. They couldn’t break down the costs and tell us what everything cost.”

Another outraged parent was Joann Gavin of Parkland, a former club official.

When the booster club was formed early in the school year, Gavin was asked to be assistant treasurer because one was required by club rules.

Gavin said despite the assistant treasurer title, the women who controlled the organization would hold meetings without inviting her and other members, effectively pushing them into the background of the group.

She added she never even met most of the other officers until she started to complain about the program. However, as assistant treasurer, Gavin had access to the booster club’s bank statements and cancelled checks

Gavin was shocked when she reviewed the club’s financial records.  She said she found that the club had raised roughly $60,000 from invoicing parents.

The cancelled checks showed the club had hired two outside assistant coaches for $600-a-month.  One coach was paid an additional $3,000 for “choreography and music,” according to the notation on the check.  Other individuals were paid for t-shirts and bags.  There was a check for $375 for bows paid to an individual.

“There was definitely something wrong.  When were any of these expenses voted on by the club?” Gavin said.

With the help of an attorney, parents found that allowing the booster club to collect and spend the money violated School Board policy. The school system’s policy is included in a Standard Practice Bulletin given annually to principals and others to ensure the millions of dollars it takes to run a school is handled properly.

Under the rules, the booster club must give all monies collected to the school for handling. The policy also bans requiring parents to pay, in part to ensure programs are open to students who may not have the money to participate.

The rulebook capitalizes the prohibition in the policy.  Booster clubs “May Not charge parents a fee for instructional material, equipment or supplies relating to the school program or activities,” states Policy I-101 VI.

PRINCIPAL CONFRONTED

Principal Washington Collado

Armed with information about the cheerleading program, Gavin met with the principal at least twice, first alone and then with others concerned about the booster program. Those who attended the meetings say the principal did nothing to change the program.

Gavin, meanwhile, received a registered letter banning her from the campus under a School Board policy designed to eliminate threats to students and staff.

Although she had two children in the school and there were no allegations she was dangerous, Collado’s open-ended ban forbid her from even entering the school’s front office. She has sued in Broward Circuit Court charging that Collado and the school system violated her constitutional rights to due process by not allowing any method to protest the ban, like a hearing.

Another parent, Kathy Silver, complained to coaches that her daughter had been bullied in the program.

Silver said she protested to cheerleading coaches that her daughter was continuously bullied. Silver and at least two other parents said girls were subjected to insults by coaches and other cheerleaders during performances.  The bullying allegedly continued via social networking sites on the Internet.

The School Board has a strong policy to fight bullying and requires that any written or oral complaint be investigated.

Silver said that did not happen. “No one would listen. No one did anything,” she said.

SAFETY CONCERNS CITED

Parents also cited safety issues with the cheerleading program.

Gavin said she knows of six students who have been injured in Stoneman Douglas cheerleading.

Julie Chaykin, a co-founder and vice president of the U. S. Cheerleading Association, has a daughter in Stoneman Douglas cheerleading.  On May 20, she e-mailed School Superintendent Robert Runcie and several other school system administrators that the program was rife with problems.

Her e-mail was prompted by Collado’s reappointment of Cheerleading Coach Melissa Prochilo. Chaykin wrote that she was astounded the coach was being allowed to run the program again despite numerous complaints and what she said were the “extremely dangerous” stunts forced upon students.

“After personally hearing and viewing several extremely dangerous and inappropriate situations…I was quite confident that once our administration became aware of the situation, that it would be impossible for Melissa Prochillo to remain on staff in any capacity, dealing with the Cheerleaders at our school. No knowledgeable coach would ever have an athlete attempt a level 4 skill without first safely perfecting the progression of skills preceding said level,” Chaykin wrote.

How long the investigation might take is not known. “I do not have a timeframe for the completion of the investigation,” Clark said.

On April 30, months after the first complaints, a notice was posted on the school’s web site reminding parents that the new season of cheerleading was starting again. The notice ended with a reminder that parents were to bring to the initial meeting “$150 cash or money order – NO EXCEPTIONS!!”

“He just doesn’t care about anything we said,” Gavin said referring to Collado.

Buddy Nevins can be reached at bnevins@browardbulldog.org

 

 

 

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  1. disgustedparent says:

    why are the freshman parents being brought into this? we have done nothing but sit back and watch this nonsense unfold. as for chaperoning, we are responsible parents that were looking out for the safety of our children amongst older children in a hotel setting. maybe there’s a little jealousy involved that freshman actually made varsity… talent speaks for itself. Don’t bash a whole group if you have a problem with a few.

  2. Stop this ridiculousness says:

    Why is this going into attacking Cheer Florida’s program, the other coaches, Melissa personally, some of the girls? This article should have never been posted. Shame on you for even thinking you’re doing the right thing Buddy! There obviously are some real issues here that need to be discussed, appropriately. What happened between the mom and the coach is old news. Yes, the coach approached her APOLOGIZING which turned into the mother verbally attacking and physically pointing in her face, on her shoulder, telling the coach she needs to quit she doesn’t know what she is doing. This is the same coach that has a great reputation and has multiple titles with her main team, Coral Glades. She won States as well and has come close every other year so how can someone tell her she doesn’t know what she is doing? I stood there as a previous MSD cheer parent and watched in amazement. It was Melissa whom had grabbed the mother and pleaded with her to take it outside. What an embarrassment for her program. I don’t think anyone is at fault! Everyone lets their emotions get in the way, but stop bashing the mother and the coach when this article wasn’t even about that. Cheer Florida is a program that also has nothing to do with this article. Leave it all alone. This article should be pulled down so more hostility isn’t created in the cheerleading environment and people’s opinions aren’t out there for girls who actually love and respect all of these people, including the Cheer Florida gym. I think this has gone way too far. I would only hope that something is done to stop this ridiculousness soon.

  3. Sad says:

    The parents mentioned in this article (like typical parents in a competitive sport) are unhappy with the coach/team/performance. That is nothing new as you see it all the time in football, basketball, soccer, and baseball. I doubt seriously that any of the parents in this story actually played or competed in sports at any serious level. Typically in high school, the standards get tougher and for the first time parents can’t influence and dictate the coach or the school to do what they want. It is a power trip that some parents just can’t handle as they begin to see their son/daughter actually struggle to keep up. What this has become is a small group of kids (who can’t perform the technical requirements to compete at this level) and parents who are not happy. The other side is a larger group of kids and parents who are happy. I find it ironic that the kids with the lack of technical capability are the ones with issue.

    Attitude, respect, and talent are skills and attributes coaches are looking for. If the kids don’t have it, they wont play, it is simple. If you dont like the coach or the program, go somewhere else, but dont be surprised when the assessment is similar as the competition is always improving and these skills are important for life, not just sports. What are these girls going to do after high school when they don’t like the boss or co-workers? You mention Karma, I feel sorry for the kids of the parents above because a harsh reality of life is ahead of them if they continue to blame others and make up excuses. Sports are hard, if it was easy, everyone could compete. I congratulate all of the girls for trying. No shame in falling short, but dont blame or point fingers for your kids lack of ability. Work harder, get better. Try that strategy vs. blaming others.

    I feel sorry for the children, regardless of their ability. The girls who are technically good enough to be on the team have to deal with this drama, the girls who are not technically good enough are in denial as their parents are making excuses for their lack of ability. Time to grow up parents, your kids are desperate for a good example.

  4. What makes a good cheerleader says:

    Who made these new rules ??? You need a backhandspring to be on JV , and a standing tuck to be on varsity . If you think that stunting and tumbling is what makes a cheerleader then you are misguided . That is what Stoneman Douglas judged their team on . OUTRAGEOUS ! . It was Melissa’s ploy to again create a position for her child and her chosen . There are so many girls disappointed that where not informed of these stipulations but the girls that knew about if we’re at the gym 24/7 . . It just never ends with this women . It keeps going and going

  5. Safety issues says:

    Does anyone get that there were safety issues brought up , bulleying and illegal use of funds . Don’t focus on the women that brought these issues up , focus on the true meaning of what is going on . We should be proud that these women would put there reputations on the line because they know in their hearts that this Is what need to be done to bring the spirit back to the sport at this school let alone the safety of these children . Yes YOUR children .
    They could of let it go and let the program go on with out all this but they put their reputations, family and time on the line to save your kids from another year of crazy turmoil And possible injuries .
    These are smart well know and liked women and have been in Parkkand for many years .
    So the coments coming from some random people who either don’t know the sport or just because you Kissed Melissa’s butt to advance your child and now may “lose your favoritism ”
    I’ve been around cheerleaders for years and it’s all about leadership . Mellssa is not a good roll model . She only has followers because they think they will get something from her . If this is what you want and need the courts to prove her quilt then your idea of a leader is sad

  6. Disgusted says:

    I have been reading the comments to this article. I can’t believe what a big deal everyone is making about this situation. A few of the more recent comments have been about a student being on a varsity level team last year and being placed on a JV level team this year or not making the team at all. Where is the rule that states that once you make a team, you are on the team for four years? I have never heard of such a thing. Maybe the kids trying out this year are just better than the kids from previous years? Isn’t that always a possibility? Do you really think that your kids will get A’s on every test, get accepted into every college they apply for, or get every job they apply for? The answer is no. Life is basically a tryout or a competition. In school, we compete for grades as adults, we compete for jobs and in sports, we compete for spots on a team. Not every person trying out makes the team. That’s life. I give all kids credit for trying out, but not everyone can make the team.

  7. Someone Looking in says:

    Jealousy has nothing to do with this from what I can see, I have no children involved in this mess.. People need to open their eyes and read it again, Children are being bullied by adults, against school policy for students, but we allow adults to do it Hummm, money is collected, parents want to know where the money went, I don’t think that’s to much to ask for, $60,000 is a lot of money.. not mention the booster club collected and spent the money violated School Board policy, again I guess that doesn’t matter either, policy also bans requiring parents to pay, in part to ensure programs are open to students who may not have the money to participate. What about the children who have lots of talent but can’t afford it, they loose even more, remember were talking about the children here, Safety I would imagine that being high on a parents list for their child, It doesn’t matter to me if the coach knows what she is doing apparently she does, at what risk of these children, 6 girls were injured this year of around 30, 1 child hurt is to many…. As I read the comments it truly sickens me to see that adults here obviously have something at stake, and believe that their child is best, better at cheering and maybe not so high up, I’m not sure what the case may be, it all boils down to, What is right and wrong, I agree parents need to grow up here, Hats of to the parents who uncovered this, Glad to see that this wasn’t swept under the carpet… Maybe now school officials will be watched a little closer, instead of having all the power to do what they want…

  8. Well said "someone looking in " says:

    The last comment was well said .

  9. betrayed says:

    I agree with the comment from What Makes A Good Cheerleader, which is a few comments below this one…..The MSD Cheerleading website has been up for months now. Why if changes were being made to the Cheerleading program such as to be a varsity cheerleader you must have a tuck, were they not even mentioned. What are the requirements to be a JV Cheerleader? I know one cheerleader who was a varsity cheerleader last year was unaware of the tuck stipulation for varsity so she threw a backhandspring and was put on JV. I also know of another Varsity cheerleader who threw a backhandspring and wasn’t even put on JV or any team after cheering for Douglas for two years. Im not sayiing that just because you were on varsity last year you belong on varsity this year, what Im saying is why was nothing posted on the website concerning what was needed to make a certain team. They certainly found time to post about impartial judges, and 150.00 mandatory cash or money orders!!!!!

  10. QUESTION??? says:

    My question is….. who was involved in picking the new cheer team for 2012/2013. My daughter tried out for the team and there were 4 people there that judged the tryouts but Melissa Prochilo was not one of them. Melissa was not there for the 4 days of clinics or involved in the actual try outs.

  11. disgusting says:

    Why don’t all of you parents stop complaining, if you don’t like the program then don’t have your daughter do it? Stop ruining it for the girls that ACTUALLY want to cheer. Melissa is a great coach and doesn’t put anyone down. The judging had nothing to do with her, it was the administrators that chose the team and judged. Everything was fair if you dont have the proper skills dont expect to be on varsity or even jv? Just cause u made it last year doesnt mean your always going to have a spot on the team. Life isnt always fair and you need to accept that. Stop complaining and trying to get melissa fired if you hate her so much DONT HAVE YOUR DAUGHTER DO IT. It’s that simple. And so what if rachael silver got a boob job? that did not need to be posted on here. You crazy cheer parents need to chill out and GROW UP you obviously have nothing better to do with your life. If anyones the bully, you parents are.

  12. Point says:

    You are all talking about tumbling here, but you guys do realize that a high school team can go non-tumbling right? It’s not like they can go no-stunting. Strength is a key component in choosing what girl should be on which team based on how much strength they have as well. You guys are bragging about what tumbling skills your daughters have but are they up to par at a varsity/competition level of stunting? I don’t cheer at Douglas but I know that’s the most important thing.

  13. wheres the coach? says:

    I wanted to let everyone know that every Monday night during football season, our coach Melissa Prochilo would leave our practice early so she could go to Chargers Practice. She also instructed us that if the Athletic Director ever came around looking for her that we should tell him she was in the bathroom!

  14. Anonymous says:

    NONE OF THE CFA GIRLS FELL AT STATES. If i can remember it was the girl who always falls at every competiton so… therefore i give so much credit to these parents, at least they are taking action!!!
    Go Gavin, Silver and Tornari. Your doing the right thing and these lies and comments people make are disgusting. You arent ruining your kids life at all, its what you guys wish to do. How rude of people to actually say the things they are saying. Everyone should just let the poor kids be.

  15. Wow , you go ladies ! says:

    Wow ! So many complaints and nothing is done ? Amazing that it had to come to this , but if this was my daughters school I would want the coach replaced .
    So many questionable actions by the coach from her coaching skills , ethics and use of booster money .
    Even the kids complained about her safety , I would back my kid 100 % if this was the coach .
    Congratulations to the women who stood up for their kids and others to protect them from her .
    I’ll be watching to see what comes if this ,

  16. Someone Looking in says:

    This is not about who made the team or not or what parent yelled at what coach, It is pretty funny how some parents called it out, How is it that some knew the new requirements and some didn’t (Favoritism) People Really need to read the article again and see what’s really going on. The parents that feel the need to slander fellow parents and students should really stop, What are you teaching your children, I can see there are a few students commenting here and I’m sure the ones your naming have read this, your children still go to that school and still cheer as a team. The investigation has proven facts, that’s why this article is posted, I’m sure they are not done either, This is the beginning, I have to say I’m more surprised of the behavior of the adults, I would think you would want to protect your children and your money….

  17. MSD Cheerleader says:

    Favortism is the word to describe the season. Hand picked captain hand picked booster club President. Bullying by her hand picked captain did happen to at least 3 girls on our squad and Coach Prochilo did nothing to stop it because she is best friends with the girls mother and the mother happens to be the treasurer of the booster club! Coach Prochilo even presented an award to the Bully at the end of the year cheer banquet for LEADERSHIP!!!!!!!

  18. disgustedparent says:

    FACT: Melissa never left every Monday to go to Chargers!! Her first priority was to Douglas. As a matter of fact she even felt bad that her amazing charger team was taking a back seat to ALL the time she put into her Douglas team. She missed her own children’s games to be with her cheerleaders. Her family felt the loss of her presence every night when they had dinner without her because she was at Douglas or a Douglas event. How dare any one imply anything other!!! And to you miss anonymous does it really matter who fell!!! No wonder you’re anonymous. The fact is flyers fall and no one is perfect. As for favoritism, none of these girls that didn’t make it this year would have made it last year either without Melissa choosing them for the team. Maybe the true results just came out this year. She had faith in these girls and chose to give them a chance and now you’re all questioning the new judges. Seems like some of you can’t handle rejection which is going to be hard through life when there is so much disappointment and not everything goes the way you want it to. If things didn’t work in one stunt then it was moved around but there was always someone complaining. Whatever happened to doing what you’re told by an authority figure?

  19. MSD Cheerleader says:

    Discusted Parent^^^^^Did you forget that Melissa Prochilo took the job as head Cheerleading Coach at Douglas High knowing full well that she would also be coaching Chargers! No one forced her to take the position at Douglas!!!!!!! Just sayin!!!!!

  20. Kristina says:

    Having watched Melissa coach through the years, both in rec and with HS, she is an amazing coach, who ALWAYS puts safety first. Her heart is with each girl on her squad, and she treats them like her children. Melissa does not have a mean bone in her body, and certainly does not allow any child to by bullied. These are parents who probably are upset their kids are not front and center, they go attack the coach. So ridiculous, and to drag a coach, who I hope my daughter is lucky enough to have one day, is absurd. Her girls shine every time they are on the mats.And guess what, cheerleading is expensive, and parents are informed of that before! Matts, uniforms, sneakers, bloomers, bows, socks, choreo, music, competitions…its adds up, and is priceless seeing your kids nail it! If Melissa is so bad, why is the whole team not complaining? There are always a few parents who try and ruin a good thing, and Melissa is not good, she is the BEST with an amazing heart, and a talent and true love of coaching. And I am pretty sure a parent does not get banned for trying to make a complaint…wonder how crazy this lady got for her to be banned…must be pretty aggressive!

  21. disgustedparent says:

    that’s not the point, the point was the she was accused of leaving douglas to go to chargers which is not true, has nothing to do with taking on the two positions. just saying too!

  22. Anissa Leon says:

    I would just like to give my input on this because I find all these comments to be awful and I refuse to not have my say in this. First of all, bringing up the allegations agains Mrs. Gavin, she NEVER confronted coach Amber first. Mrs. Gavin was my ride home that night so I was by her side the entire time. Amber GRABBED Mrs. Gavin by the arm saying they needed to talk. Amber then accused Marissa Gavin of lying to her mother about an injury she had the previous practice. OBVIOUSLY, like any mother would, Mrs. Gavin stood up for her daughter but did not start getting loud or angry until Amber started yelling and went to grab Marissa by the arm. So anyway, now that that is all cleared up, on to my second issue.

    This bullying thing was going on way before Rachel Silver ever complained so NOBODY should be pinpointing anything on her. Other cheerleaders were getting bullied as well but didn’t say anything. Besides, is that not what we teach kids at school ? To tell administrators when someone is being bullied ? Im pretty sure Douglas has presentations on that type of thing. And for a bullying case to be COMPLETELY ignored, is ridiculous.

    Thirdly, the digs that you people are writing about Mrs. Gavin’s and Rachel’s personal life is disgusting and PATHETIC !!! You all want to talk about how no one has a life that they sit here and complain about issues going on in there school. NO, YOU ARE THE ONE WITH NO LIFE !! Making up stories about an innocent woman’s personal life is disgusting to me. HOW DARE YOU say that her husband cheats on her. Do you have evidence ? Do you know him personally ? Do you accompany him on business trips. I DIDNT THINK SO. That woman is like a second mother to me and I cannot believe some of the things that are being said about her. Like “she suspiciously wears sunglasses inside” …. are you for real ?! You clearly have NO LIFE. Secondly, HOW DARE YOU throw Rachel Silver’s business about her breast augmentation into this ? How do you know thats why she didn’t try out. When you get your boobs done you don’t become paralyzed. You can still participate in sports. So once again. YOU ARE PATHETIC. Goodbye.

  23. Steve says:

    Typical Parkland parents. I’m so glad I graduated from this school so I don’t have to deal with any of the drama that these PARENTS create. Everyone is just screaming and name dropping yet almost every single post is from “Anonymous”. As a former student athlete, I would like to thank you parents for making the experience for us students athletes unenjoyable. That’s the truth. It’s like you guys go out of your way to create this drama to fulfill your boring lives. As high school students, they are more than capable of handling a situation involving sports.

  24. Wow...just a concerned mom says:

    Wow… I can’t believe that our High School Athletic Programs have come to this. The only points here that are relevant are our children, honesty, and safety! Those of you involved know who you are. You should be ashamed if what these parents are alleging is really happening. Stealing from your athletes parents, allowing the safety of your athletes to be jeopardized, and most of all leading the girls blindly into this mess as a High School Athlete! Being an athlete is a privilege that is aquired with hard work and dedication and if Douglas is allowing it to take place any other way then I agree with some of the other comments. Good for you parents who have what it takes to try to make a difference!! This kind of thing isn’t new it’s been happening for years…shame on those of you who think its ok. But I’m on the side of the parents who still feel that it’s ok to speak up if something is wrong. If they’re money is being taken illegally and if most importantly if they’re children are in danger. Come on people is it really worth it. And finally I would like everyone here to remember High School… It goes by to fast and leaves ever lasting impressions on who we become and those of you who are getting this all wrong should not be able to participate. So I stay stand your ground parents until the investigation forces the dishonest people to be held accountable for their actions and when the truth is revealed the lesson that your children will get from your determination will speak for itself. Just a concerned mom!

  25. TIFFANY DAVIS says:

    This is horrible I have been cheering for douglas for four years varsity level and have never seen this much crazyness and drama this year was a mess and if u were not on the team you need to stop writing horrible things annonomusly ! And how dare you people insalt Tammy and Mrs. Gavin they are just being good and concerned parents and before you sit behind ur computers and write things annonomisly get all ur facts straight ! This is rediculous people talking bad about others an going so low how can u people sleep at night this angers me to know I put 4 years into this team and we were a family look what it’s become !

  26. disgustedparent says:

    Anissa, Wait a minute I think one of those mom’s also accused Melissa of going to a different publix so she can cheat on her husband!!! Who makes an assumption like that? Why is it ok for them to destroy her character but they don’t like it when its done to them, right? No one knows what goes on in people’s private lives and everyone should be minding their own business. No one should care if Rachel had a boob job, that’s her business but all these girls need to stop with the fb posting and tweets bashing Douglas. This is their school!! We are making a mockery of it and our reputation. Everyone has an opinion and I’m sure everyone thinks theirs is a valid one!!! We all need to stop preaching and hope this mess is settled before the girls are the one’s to suffer and have no season at all.

  27. Troubled says:

    Unfortunately, there are many other issues that have gone on for the last few years at MSD, with far greater implications than the cheerleading issues for our students. (yet just as dangerous and far-reaching) There have been many instances at MSD of teachers who have been reprimanded and/or sited for emotional bullying of students, poor teaching practices, subjective grading, verbal abuse/harassment of students, inappropriate comments to female students by male teachers…the list goes on & on. Some of these teachers have multiple, similar complaints against them over the years, (not necessarily to the current principal who has only been there a year) by multiple parents. These same teachers are consistently sited for the same issues, yet they still are not held accountable and allowed to keep their jobs year after year. (What other type of job allows for its employees to be unaccountable for their ill-behavior and failure to perform the duties of which it demands?)
    There is a history of things being “swept under the rug” at Douglas, including a few years ago when there “allegedly” was rampant AP exam cheating and it was covered up by the administration there. Most of the kids who were involved, and there were several, were found out, but not reprimanded or punished. Many of them went onto fine universities. The bottom line: the MSD administration should be held accountable, as should every teacher it receives a complaint about. It is time that bad teachers or coaches who physically or emotionally endanger/ verbally abuse our children NOT be allowed to continue in their jobs or be moved to another position at another school. They should be reviewed every year. Teaching is a privilege for those who have earned the right, and those that abuse the privilege time and again should be excused immediately. Hopefully in the case of the cheerleading incident, justice will prevail and nobody will be injured.

  28. marley says:

    Ummm… if some of these posts are an example of the spelling and grammar taught at Douglas, then I am appalled. Jesus.

  29. Florida...nice place to visit says:

    Florida is seriously one f*cked up state…aging, over-tanned, botoxed, fake boobed, desperate housewives…sad but oh so entertaining.

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