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Cheerleader with down syndrome sidelined for safety reasons
A Texas high school has one week to decide whether a cheerleader with Down syndrome can rejoin her squad before the schools next home game.
Brittany Davila, 16, is an honorary member of Deer Park High Schools cheerleading squad, which means she doesnt go to competitions or participate in stunts. Now, her mom claims the school wont let Brittany cheer during games for her own safety.
She doesnt understand why theyre telling her she cant do it, Buffy Davila told ABC affiliate KTRK. I dont know how to explain it to her.
Brittany has been cheerleading since junior high, KTRK reported. Its her favorite thing to do, according to her mom. Just last week she cheered at her schools volleyball game.
Then yesterday we went and it was a different coach, and now she cant do it because its a liability, Buffy Davila said. If the volleyball is going to fly off the court and hit somebody, its just as likely to hit somebody else as it is to hit her.
Buffy Davila met with school officials Wednesday night with hopes of getting her daughter back on the squad during games.
I know shes different, but my whole thing is everybody should be treated the same, she told KTRK. If theres something she cant do, then she just cant do it. But dont tell me she cant do it without even letting her try.
A school spokesman said officials are working on guidelines to keep Brittany cheering safely.
The bottom line is the young lady is still a member of the team, Deer Park Highs Matt Lucas told KTRK. Shes still an honorary member of the team. Were happy to have her in that position.
The schools next home game is Oct. 3, and Brittanys mom hopes to have guidelines in place by then, KTRK reported.