Park Vista officials “unaware of magnitude” of cheerleader team dispute, will work to dispel concerns of racial bias

Jul 8, 2011 by

 

 

BOYNTON BEACH — The principal and the athletic director at Park Vista High School were “unaware of the magnitude of the concerns” over the cheerleading team before allegations arose that black students were denied spots on it, Palm Beach County School Superintendent Bill Malone said Thursday.

The school will work with the students to “address those concerns” and develop a plan to move forward, Malone said in a prepared statement.

The principal, Reginald Myers, and the athletic director, Pam Romero, were unavailable for comment.

The eight students who raised the issue at Wednesday’s school board meeting spoke Thursday night at a gathering arranged by community organizer C. Shahid Freeman at First Presbyterian Church. Some would like another chance to try out for the team.

“I just want a fair shot,” said Treasure Lewis, 15, who tried out for the team May 21 but did not make its roster of 36.

Some said they wanted to see more than another tryout. Derrick Wells, Lewis’ father, said the only solution the group wants is for all eight students to be included on the team.

Maya Jean-Charles, another girl who tried out for the team, said she circulated a petition and got people to sign it. She said she tried to give it to Myers, who is black, but he was never present to receive it.

Jean-Charles said her mother called on her behalf but was referred to an assistant at the school. Myers finally spoke with her mother Thursday morning, Jean-Charles said.

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