Ally Wakefield

The parents of a 13-year-old Denver high school cheerleader wants the school to pay for their daughter’s leg injury after she was forced into doing splits.

A disturbing video shows Ally Wakefield screaming in pain as she is forced into a split by her coach. The video shows cheerleading coach Ozell Williams pushing Ally down and several girls holding her arms as she begged, “Please stop.”

Williams is a well-known instructor who is often seen doing backflips down the field during Denver Broncos games. He also appeared on America’s Got Talent.

Ally is an incoming freshman at East High School. Her parents say she suffered a leg injury as a result of the forced splits.

Ally was taking part in a cheerleading camp at East High School, according to KUSA.

Ally’s mother, Kristen, sent the video to the school’s assistant principal Lisa Porter, who never followed up.

“I have attached a video of the forced splits she and her team members were forced to do at cheerleading camps and practices; unless they had a doctor’s note,” Kristen wrote. “This is how Ally injured her leg. My husband and I would like to know what the administration is going to do about my daughter’s injury and how it happened.”

After the local news picked up the story, Denver police launched an investigation.

Denver Public schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg suspended the assistant principal and Williams. Also placed on leave are East High principal Andy Mendelsberg, assistant cheerleading coach Mariah Cladis and deputy general counsel Michael Hickman.

“I want to reiterate in no uncertain terms our commitment to the safety of our students,” Boasberg wrote in a statement. “We absolutely prohibit any practices that place our students’ physical and mental health in jeopardy. We do not and will not allow any situation in which a student is forced to perform an activity or exercise beyond the point at which they express their desire to stop.”




  • Jen_no_juice

    Sooo let me get this right, a lil white girl is forced to do the splits while others hold her down and everyone involved or had knowledge has been suspended/terminated. But a black girl who is stripped down in a Texaco parking lot and force to spread her legs open, held down by cops while they search (molest) her, AND nothing happens to the cops or persons involved. Oh ok….

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    These coaches be doing too much. My band teacher wanted me to wear my band outfit during band camp in July. I quit band that year.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    These coaches be doing too much. My band teacher wanted me to wear my band outfit during band camp in July. I quit band that year.

  • Slick770

    ?????

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Went too far and with the wrong one! Oh Lawwwddddddd…..They going to make an example of this flipper . I know goodness well this isn’t the first year that he has done this and they wanted to be the “best” cheerleaders . She couldn’t handle it and Becky told her momma!!! You going to learn today!! Don’t ignore Becky’s momma!!

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Tell it!!!

  • Pebbles

    If she wasn’t cutting it, wouldn’t it been more simpler just to kick her off the team.. then this whole fiasco would not have occurred

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    did she stretch at least first ?? asking for a friend.

  • KcoolMuziq

    I’m sure he has done this to many black girls. But Becky is the one they truly care about.

  • Mo Mobetta

    First off every body defending this jack a** knows if this same man did this to your child causing injury, you’d be just as upset. Stop downplaying her trauma cause she is white, that is pathetic and goes to show you what type of person you are . To sit there and make fun of this poor baby screaming to a grown ass man to stop pushing down on her during a split she wanted to get out of. Hell imagine if it were you..

  • Coy little wink

    Wow…that is assault battery intentional infliction of emotional distress breach of duty….u name it!

    * Shirley Caesar voice

  • 19awesomegrl97

    LOL LOL LOL

  • 19awesomegrl97

    ??

  • Karen Brady

    LOL

  • Karen Brady

    what’s your friend’s name? :-) :-).

  • LuLu

    WT….?! In ANY situation, NO means NO!

  • Tish

    My niece and nephew go here. I knew it would go national!

  • Ryan
  • millz

    Petty is her name

  • Bonsai

    ???

  • Xsjado

    That’s so wrong.

  • Lisa daniels

    I get what the parents are saying but how the hell you going be a cheerleader if you can’t do splits? She sould have never been picked. My high school did not let you join if you couldn’t do a split.

  • Lisa daniels

    What?? Spill it. Fill it up.

  • Lisa daniels

    Exactly. My high wouldn’t even put her on the squad if she could not do a split. You had to do that at try outs or you was off

  • dontgetblocked

    This is rough to watch but cheerleading camp is demanding. What did she expect?

  • ?Royalty?

    A bunch of black people surrounding a crying blonde wh!te girl……..holding her down….on video.

    Are black people really this stupid? Like how do some of us still make this ish so d*mn easy?

  • Free speech cost Sheen

    This has been going on forever it used to be called stretching. Girls would practice daily stretching their muscles until they are as flexible.

  • Dahl

    Did they have a quota to fill and she was the only one available? If not, there’s no way she should be part of any team. On the other hand, a seasoned dancer or other athlete knows that she’s supposed to warm every bit of her muscles before doing a split. If you can’t already do a split, it’s daily stretching that can take a year or more to attain a proper one. Other than that, pop pop pop go the hammies and the groin…

  • dontgetblocked

    Her daughter had better find another school. She’s on everyone’s shyt list now. Little struggle split cry baby.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Exactly the wrong one …. wrong color freckles….. no he gonna get it but good. They was clapping and standing up at his flips at the games now they are going to demand his punishment.

  • Tena

    Oh God their black, and victim white. Automatic death sentence.

  • OvertheMississippi

    Yep!! Probably would not have even tried Shaquita!!

  • 88

    Haha that was too funny esau was red all over

  • OvertheMississippi

    That is called assault and battery. You ALWAYS allow kid to “tap out”.

  • Noirluv45

    If she couldn’t do splits, then they should’ve let her go. People can’t force others to do something they don’t want to do. They had no right to put their hands on her.

  • nick c

    Are you fat? Cause that would explain you attacking anything requires endurance and intestinal fortitude.

  • Ms.Jones

    I’m with you. She’s a minor and you have to be careful.

  • Trey

    and why were they filming?

  • C Mack

    Hell I guess we figured we’d emulate all the white men killing us on camera

  • ?Royalty?

    Oh that makes sense, especially since they k!ll us in droves and get away with it. Yeah that totally makes so much sense now.
    So after the “emulation”…….. these black people will lose their jobs, reputations, freedom and possibly their lives……and what happens to the wh!te girl now?
    A full scholarship, a parade, million dollar suit against the school, a book deal and a starring role in the next Lifetime movie……….. Yeah all of that totally makes sense. I understand why some black people make ish so d*mn easy now. Guess we taught them didn’t we?

    *forehead slap*

  • C Mack

    I agree, but don’t condemn us like they aren’t doing the same

  • C Mack

    Actually worse. This girl will walk again. Our videos usually turn out with a different result. Slap that forehead again

  • ?Royalty?

    That was you in the video weren’t you? Lmaooooo! I would say/type, “Good luck” but you don’t even know how much your gonna need it.

  • ?Royalty?

    I’m not condemning us. I’m speaking realistically. Who has the history of facing harsher penalties for stupid ish like this?
    That’s all I’m concerned about.

  • Arii

    LMAO!!!

  • 100milesperhour

    The you send her & her gym bag home. You don’t do this.

  • Lisa daniels

    Yep

  • Anne Leeds

    why? you ask. Ridiculous that you don’t see the torture here

  • Anne Leeds

    This was a new coach, black and all the girls holding her down were black. They were all smiling and laughing. Very sick.

  • Anne Leeds

    Free speech, how ignorant you are . Splits are never done with 4 people forcing one to the ground.

  • Free speech cost Sheen

    I just posted what I’ve seen. You’d have to take your angst up with those who do it, not me. ?

  • Anne Leeds

    People here seem to not get the fact that the adults in the video will be prosecuted for assault, possibly torture. The coach will not be able to get a job selling coke at a sports game.

  • OriginalGuestest

    I don’t know why your comment is so funny to me ??

  • Ryan

    LOL @ “slap that forehead again”

  • OvertheMississippi

    Bout as fat as you and your mammy and your greasy, greasy grand mammy, boo boo. ??

  • Ryan

    Let’s see… Whiny out of shape white female. hollers like a banshee trying to do a split while others what, pushed down on her shoulders? Versus the black girl sexually assaulted on her car by white police officers under the guise of a “search”.

    One situation is “sick”. The other is an embarrassment at most.

  • Jussjess25

    Exactly..

  • Jussjess25

    Or maybe she told them to keeping pushing her no matter how loud she screams. I remeber doing stretches when I was young.. and saying that to my partner. Everyone knows that once you stretch your limbs once or twice when your young, it gets easier quicker. That white girl wanted thats im sure

  • Goddess™

    Talk about it!!!! Talk about it!!!!

  • Goddess™

    Lmaooo…exactly!

  • Goddess™

    ?????
    Girl, your ass Ian terrible…????????????????? hahahahaha!!!! I can’t stop hollering!!!! I would be embarrassed about that shit if I was her mother too.

  • Goddess™

    ????

  • Goddess™

    That’s the shit I always speak on! They don’t give a damn about what happens to Black women…white women are the worlds Princesses…smdh! I am ALL IN FOR MAKING the world recognize OUR WORTH as BLACK WOMEN!

  • NicoleZee

    Everyone suspended should be permanently suspended and never allowed to work with or near children again. The young lady could have just said hell no and ran for the hills, but it is not her fault that they were stupid enough to do that to her. Her father should have beat the shit out of the coach!

  • NicoleZee

    Exactly. What they did could be considered criminal because they were holding her down and forcing her, which meant she couldn’t get up and leave. It was torture. I remember being in ballet back in the day and we all had to practice splits. I could never do it all the way but I was NEVER forced by anyone, not ever! We were told to just keep practicing and eventually we’ll get it. Needless to say, I am very flexible thanks to ballet and yoga, but I still cannot to a full split! I used to tell off teachers back in the day when needed, bold is what they called me. Had that been me in the video, I would have kindly said f*ck you, I’m not doing sh*t! Then I would have called my mom and she would have called her brothers to give that dumb a*s coach a good down home country a*s whipping!!!

  • NicoleZee

    Um, being forced to do it??? Naw, I took dance, gymnastics, and cheerleading classes back in the day. We were never forced to do anything. If we didn’t want to practice or participate, then we didn’t. Yes, splits are practiced in many classes like cheerleading and dance, but no one holds you down to do them. You do the best that you can until you get better at it on your own, NOT with anyone forcing you to do anything!

  • NicoleZee

    Not always true. The girls that can do splits do them, while the ones that can’t do something else. I took cheerleading and every damn thing else it seems, but I could never do a full split, still can’t do one, but I’m very flexible though :)!

  • NicoleZee

    Coach would have had to be air lifted to a hospital if that were my baby and he better hope he don’t survive if I get out on bail!

  • NicoleZee

    Um, no one wants to be hurting dong anything. It hurts like hell if you can’t actually do a split and try to do one. I took cheerleading, dance (ballet, jazz, & Pointe), and gymnastics. We had to do splits, but if we couldn’t, no big deal. At least we tried. Our coaches would tell us to keep practicing, but never forced us to do any type of position. That makes no sense. Everyone’s body is not capable of doing things like that. I hope the school and the coach and anyone else involved get sued and the ones forcing her in the video need jail time. Sickos!

  • Mec-One

    He definitely won’t be flipping down the field for the Broncos anymore

  • PlayerP

    Huh?!? Perplexing….hmmmm

  • Kayke

    ‘..Unless a Dr. note was provided’…..did she provide a doctor’s note opting her daughter out?.
    I don’t believe anyone should be suspended but if her daughter was injured her bills should be covered unless outright stated otherwise in the permission slip the parent signs for such a camp.

  • Kayke

    No big deal? I did all the activities you stated and not being able to split would cost you your position and afford you the back of the row in performance if you even stayed on the team/squad. She’s at cheerleading camp to get better….the girls who did these camps, drills, workout are serious ones and want the pain because the want to split and be the best. It depends on. The competitor and the level they want to compete at…. You can’t say “NO ONE”

  • Kayke

    That’s what cheerleading camp is for….. To leave doing g ish you didn’t come in knowing how to do. Waste of time and money to whine and cry about being pushed behind you limit. It’s called athletics.

  • Kayke

    Lies!!! I learned to straddle split being forced to the ground as I couldn’t self inflicted the pain….
    Sumo wrestler learn to split with men sitting on their backs and forcing them down…. It depends on the level in which you want to compete and how badly you want to meet your goal.

  • Kayke

    Being a minor is beneficial to this strained workout…. She was folded half in the womb not too long ago…we are born with flexibility, most don’t keep it, because it’s not practice. She’ll be splitting next week and happy about it.

  • Kayke

    She goes on to be the best splitter in the world, secretly haunted by the fact that she will owe it to the day a group of black people took her beyond her comfort zone.

  • Sircaput

    It’s because the world is so sensitive now, she is a part of a cheerleading camp so I think you are required o do splits which might take some pain, but if you can not do splits then don’t join if you are going to cry about it later….smdh

  • BeUtFullSoul

    My Trainer at the Gym used to force Me to do a lot of grueling things that I THOUGHT I could NOT DO, but with his TRAINING and his KNOWING that in order for me to reach the level I was striving for I had to do some things that were PAINFUL, VERY painful and yes, I even CRIED at times but he kept “pushing” me, at times LITERALLY and today…I’m GOOD, and can now do ALL of those strenuous activities at the Gym AND boot camp…ijs..MY STORY, MY THOUGHTS, Mine, MINE, mine!

  • BeUtFullSoul

    not, “struggle split cry baby” LOL

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Coming from a Bleck Skewel..This was practiced among the cheerleaders who couldn’t do a full split. It was a stretch process done a little more each time a little harder until the muscles and tendons would become mobile enough to do it.. This was Jr high (in my day 7,8,9th grade)Crazy enough Ive seen this in little kids gyms.. they are more pliable and so the pain or the process isn’t as bad. Most people who want to be a cheerleader but hasn’t practiced from an early age to split they will at some point go through this.. I have never seen any JV cheerleaders have this much of an issue though..

  • Dowoop

    I couldnt hlp but notice only yt cheerleaders are complaining. From the blurred images you can tell there are some blk/brown kids there too.

  • Dowoop

    Notice the three girls on the couch complaining are white.

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    This practice isn’t uncommon as you think. Back when I was in school.If you wanted to do a split they would stretch you a little each day until your muscles would finally loosen enough… you and i both know just telling someone to practice splitting doesn’t usually work for the one doing it or else they would already have it. Just spreading your legs each day (especially when you are beyond a certain age) will not yield a split in most cases. bounce pressure worked for our JV cheerleaders. They would go into a split as far as they could and someone would apply shoulder pressure downward as you bounced stretch the tendons Ive seen the legs being pulled..not to this extreme but it does happen..

  • Dowoop

    Thats what she should have done.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    LMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • unknown user

    Omg

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    They need to all be fired. I used to do tumbling from elementary to middle school when I got to high school I did cheerleading and we had a few girls that could not split. They would do halfsies instead of a full split. They were not forced or pushed down. I will say that the only reason I knew how to split was because of gymnastics thats it. From what I heard this brotha got fired from his last school for questionable behavior…all of them need to go…

  • Tish

    They have been doing this for a while. Also to the black kids not just the white kid. They have to sign waivers also.

  • stanhope

    Fired hell..if that were my child, i’d beat that nlqqer with a baesball bat.

  • stanhope

    Dumb runt in the world where r=c the difference is you had a choice…with an IQ the size of a midget’s d i c k i guess you can’t appreciate that

  • stanhope

    Another runt

  • peribabes

    Training at a gym with YOUR personal trainer (which I am sure you paid for) and kids being forced to do something against their will are two totally different things ma’am.

  • blackbutter63

    While I certainly don’t condone making someone do something they dont want to do, you shouldnt be a cheerleader if you cant do a damn split (insert side eye) here.

  • ebonics

    THANK YOU! Alot of people are sick and prejudice in this world. Whats wrong is wrong, period. I dont care about color, if that was my kid, I would have called all the goons to put that dude in ICU, and when he got out id be outside wit a bat waiting in the parking lot.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Maaaan…this just now an issue?…This was done to me more than once…but it was late 70s …the girls on the block wanted to help me do a split and my dumb azz let them…LOL….only we would sit across from each other and they would use their feet and push the inside of my legs open as far as they could without killing me….afterwards I was back running and playing double dutch….

  • 4RGSpot

    Glad they were fired. Children are precious and that can traumatize them and that behavior from the school is unacceptable point, blank, period.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    The exact reason I didn’t make the team!

  • MercifulLove

    but why? sigh

  • A D N

    I would have cut her from the team than face the repercussions of what the video shows. I wonder if the cheerleader knew this was part of the team’s training? I also wonder if other cheerleaders faced this type of training?

  • Ms.Jones

    I understand that part. I was referencing when a minor says stop, you stop. Especially the way she was carrying on…I wouldve left her alone and cut her from the team if she wasn’t willing to put in the work.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    The part that wasn’t filmed was her begging to stay on the cheer-leading team at all costs….This is a very common practice…only now we live in the CYBER age and every F”king thing is an issue….”injured her leg” BIH how…I want to know what damn injury it cause, they maybe some sore muscles…. if her azz was able to get up and walk she aiiiiight….

  • Kayke

    Being a minor doesn’t reinforce the word “stop”. I’m not seeing the purpose of her being a minor as being an adult saying “stop” should yield the same reaction. I agree they should’ve just sent her home because who wants to be bothered with someone whose mother wants them to be a cheerleader, as it’s obviously not her personal goal.

  • Lisa daniels

    So it is an equal opportunity injury?

  • Tish

    Yeah it is. not just the white girl.

  • Lisa daniels

    Well if they signed waiver then they just up ? Creek. Kanye shrug

  • Tish

    Yeah they did. I’m glad my niece did not try out this year. She was going to. We would have caught a case!

  • blackbutter63

    Me either :)

  • NicoleZee

    What??? I never had that happen to me nor did I ever see any coach do that to someone and this was in the 80s and 90s when I was dancing. My mom would have turned that place out had they treated me that way! I wouldn’t want someone doing that to my child. If someone can’t do a split, then too bad, focus on the ones who can, but don’t force it to happen. You can get injured just like the young lady was in the video. Sick and sad.

  • NicoleZee

    Really??? I never got treated that way in any dance or cheerleading class I took. We had girls that could do splits and girls like me that couldn’t. You find a way to choreograph and things will be fine. I was never the best dancer but I was never kicked off of a team due to that. Everyone cannot do and be everything, it wouldn’t make sense. I didn’t like cheerleading that much, so I didn’t do it too long, the same with gymnastics. But I really liked ballet and took it for years and I am so thankful I was able to be a part of it, it really teaches you discipline and flexibility :). Back in the 80s, every little girl took ballet it seems, I still think girls should take it now. Kudos to you for working out, I do too. I love yoga and jogging. Jogging gives you a high like no other. Feels great!

  • BeUtFullSoul

    It was a PERSONAL trainer, just as this was and IS my PERSONAL COMMENT, if YOU had read correctly (oh and I did NOT pay for the TRAINER, it was part of my breast cancer recovery , but that’s another PERSONAL story of MINE), back to what I WAS SAYING: I wasn’t condoning what the coach did, I was making a point….but to be HONEST, I don’t have to explain MY COMMENT TO YOU, have a BLESSED DAY.

  • BeUtFullSoul

    “stanhope” excuse you, but WHO are you referring to?

  • peribabes

    Who said anything about explaining girl. I just stated that what you were do was something you were willing to do as opposed to her yelling, “please stop” she was not willing. You as an adult that signed up for p/t due to your recovery is no comparison to her being put through pain as a child because she wants to be a cheerleader. Until her muscles are trained enough to do so her coaches should not have been forcing it. My day is wonderfully blessed and I wish the shame to YOU

  • BeUtFullSoul

    Both of US have voiced our opinion, which we have the RIGHT to do so, All is well…Thank you, SMOOCHES.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    I said the same thing essentially . They have suspended him as a first step , step two he was terminated . Step three they will tell him to get his own legal representation and say they never knew he was doing this ISH…..he is on his own .

  • TaylorFinallyMadeIt

    Me too!! I pep squad my way through! Lol

  • ?Royalty?

    I can see that happening too. LOL

  • Omandesert

    Who cares? SR, why is this news?

  • Jussjess25

    I took cheerleading and african dance as well. Amd while We were not on video doing unconventional practice, it was happening. We pushed ourselves to unimaginable places.. ofcourse that was when I was much younger. I doubt they would have done that to a white girl if she werent in on it. Black people aint that stupid to make that mistake.

  • Jussjess25

    And I dont think it is either. They didnt force her, they pushed her. Im sure its not the first time. She wanted that ?

  • NicoleZee

    Wow! A lot of people commenting stated that they were forced or pushed to do certain positions back in the day. I never experienced that at all. There were always better dancers that could do every move without much help or encouragement and there were the average dancers that were just okay. We never got mistreated if we weren’t perfect at dancing, we just knew there were girls that were better and those that were not. I was never forced to do anything, but I put pressure on myself because I wasn’t the best at dancing and because I wasn’t thin enough. Ballerinas have to be very fit, no one wants to be heavy dancing on your toes, it causes more pain the more you weigh. I still appreciate dance and dancers today. I still go to the ballet, but I am so glad I gave it up!

  • Allihave2say

    I endured many a sprangs and soft tissue issues from high school drill team. If you can’t do the split then don’t join a team where the split is often performed. We used to stop and rip into a split from the air. It’s part of the sport.

  • Allihave2say

    Exactly right! Exactly what we did we’d lock hands and the more limber one would use her legs to push the other’s legs to the limit.

  • Bossy704

    I think old girl is putting on a little bit. That’s why people are laughing at her. She was doing herself more harm by fighting and tensing up. Ally’s good, her mama is just trying to get a check.

  • Capricornlady

    Okay? My so cool older cousin was a cheerleader and i begged her to help me with my splits. I could do all the flips just not splits!. I made the squad and we did it to other girls. smh

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Its not sick or sad it is a quiet but very know practice..as you read there are videos of several other girls having it done…Maybe in your world it didn’t happen but in mine I graduated in 89..it did it has and will continue..If the girl request to be stretched so she could do splits..she had it done. YOU know as well as I do you havent seen ANY professional or even collegiate cheerleaders who couldn’t do the split..you are foolish to think they all just naturally could do that…

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Exactly I have seen this practiced in my very school jr high and highschool.

  • NicoleZee

    Oh okay. In ’89 I was six years old taking ballet, I didn’t start cheerleading classes or gymnastics until the 90s. Times sure have changed. My mom and the parents of the girls I came up with would not have tolerated a coach forcing us to do anything. I was one of the ones with a smart mouth. If I didn’t feel like doing anything, I stayed home that day! I was no good with authority, teachers called me bold for a reason. I didn’t care about someone being an adult, if they pissed me off, they got cursed out if needed! Something tells me it will be payback once my son starts talking more. Damn! LOL!

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    ROFL! I understand and yeah my kids gave me triple the hell I put my moms through.. That momma’s curse “Just wait til you have kids and then you’ll see!” really works!

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    ROFL! I understand and yeah my kids gave me triple the hell I put my moms through.. That momma’s curse “Just wait til you have kids and then you’ll see!” really works!