Cheerleader forced into split

MORE FALLOUT: Principal and athletic director leave jobs over video of crying cheerleader forced to do a split

Two more employees of Denver East High School have left their jobs as the fallout over the video of a crying cheerleader forced to do a split continues, as reported by FOX31.

Principal Andy Mendelsberg has retired and Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Lisa Porter has resigned after the completion of an independent investigation conducted by Denver Public Schools.

This comes after videos surfaced of the head cheer coach, Ozell Williams, forcing female students into splits. Williams was fired in August, as previously reported by CrimeOnline.

Denver Public Schools superintendent Tom Boasberg said the buck does not stop with Williams, however. He placed more blame squarely on the shoulders of Mendelsberg and Porter, as the incident happened under their watch.

“The report shows that they did not sufficiently address, share, or report allegations of abuse and the contents of the videos,” he said.

Boasberg noted that the investigation revealed that many parents expressed their concerns to both Mendelsberg and Porter over how their students were being treated by Williams, but that these complaints fell on deaf ears.

“They did not implement the necessary level of corrective action including termination of the cheer coach,” he said.

Mendelsberg released a statement on his early retirement.

“I believe it is in the best interest of the students, teachers, my family, and myself personally for me to step down,” he wrote.

Assistant cheer coach Mariah Cladis was placed on leave but was eventually reinstated. Police are currently conducting a criminal investigation into the actions of Ozell Williams, noting that aside from the video of the cheerleader, there were also numerous complaints that he bullied and harassed students, most of them minors.

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