A number of disturbing videos were released this week showing high school cheerleaders screaming in pain as their coach forced them to do multiple leg splits, according to Colorado’s NBC affiliate KUSA.
Police are investigating the incident at East High School in Denver, Colorado, and are focusing on the coach Ozell Williams, a Guinness World Record holder and former ‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant recently hired by the school.
As a result of the incident, “The cheer coach, assistant cheer coach, high school principal, assistant principal and Denver Public Schools deputy general counsel have all been placed on leave,” per KUSA.
In videos obtained by 9Wants to Know, eight cheerleaders are shown repeatedly being pushed down into the forced splits, while their arms are held up by fellow teammates, making each cheerleader unable to move herself out of the position.
All cry out in pain. Ally Wakefield asked her coach, 9 times in less than 24 seconds to “please, stop.”
All the while, coach Ozell Williams is shown holding down each girl’s shoulders, and pushing them down further.
The videos were shot by one of the cheerleaders and sent anonymously to KUSA. The police investigation is ongoing.
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