Towson University’s national-championship cheerleading team has been suspended for violating their school’s hazing policy.
The Towerlight — Towson University’s campus newspaper — reported yesterday that the school’s cheerleading team had been suspended after a month-long hazing investigation. The team plans to appeal the suspension, but will be inactive during the appeal process.
According to the Associated Press, “The sanction means the team, which took first place at the National Cheerleaders Association’s collegiate championship in April, won’t be able to practice or perform at competitions or university sporting events.“
Jim Lord — the executive director of the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators — told the Baltimore Sun that a suspension of this size is “unusual in the sport of cheerleading,” and that most suspensions involve one or two students or a coach.
“I have never heard of a whole team getting suspended … That is pretty rare, maybe unheard of,” Lord said.
A university spokesperson and the head cheerleading coach both declined to comment on the specifics of the investigation to multiple news outlets.
The Towson Tigers won the All Girl Division 1 category of the National Cheerleaders Association’s Collegiate Cheerleading Championship in April, and was awarded an automatic spot in the 2014 competition.
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