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Robert Lee Cheerleading Parents Raise Concerns over Finances

9:05 AM, Nov 22, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- High school cheerleaders are the epitome of school spirit.

"We put our kids in stuff they want to be in and we give our money to a representative of the school trusting," said Cleveland Porter, a parent of a cheerleader at Robert E. Lee High School.


But Porter and the other cheerleaders' parents are asking questions about what happened to funds in the cheerleading budget. The program's finances are under investigation.

"The only money they had ... in reference to the cheerleading squad was $191 from a car wash they did," said Porter. 

The program has more than a dozen students. For the past week, parents have sent emails to Lee principal Denise Hall venting frustration.

The principal replied in one email, "we are going to continue with cheerleading." But Porter said that is not good enough.

"Where is the money, where is the uniforms and where are the things the girls were promised?" he said.

School board spokesperson Jill Johnson said by e-mail: "There's an open investigation with our school police. The position was part time; (she) is no longer working for Lee high school."

Parents said if the coach mishandled their money, the right thing to do would be file charges against her because she broke their trust. "You put your trust in faculty members, a staff a coach, you put your trust in them," said Porter.

First Coast News is not naming the former coach because she has not been charged with anything. She did not respond to messages to her on Twitter and Facebook.

Johnson said the district will not comment further until the investigation is complete.









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