Saturday, October 6, 2012

Coach Accused Of Making Cheerleaders Pay

Coach Accused Of Making Cheerleaders Pay, Parents say Melissa Prochila collected booster-club fees to guarantee their girls a spot. Florida Cheerleader Coach Fired for Alleged Pay-to-Play Scheme, Parents at a high school in Parkland, Fla., have accused an embattled substitute teacher and former cheerleader coach of implementing a pay-to-play scheme that cost them thousands of dollars, which the woman denies.

In a complex tangle of allegations that began last year, the parents of several cheerleaders at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School say Melissa Prochila not only bullied their daughters but masterminded a pay-to-play system in which a child's spot on the team came at a price.

"[I] feel like my whole world is shattering," Prochila told ABC News.

Parents said she told them that if they didn't pay full dues -- more than $1,000 -- their children could not participate with the squad. When parents asked questions, she allegedly intimidated them. Prochila has also been accused of name-calling, threatening to kick the kids off the team or demote them.


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